Appearing on Newsmax, Former New York City Commissioner Brian Andersson revealed that New York City police officers are leaving the force by the thousands before their retirement because they are not being supported by the city’s administration.
NYPD officers are reportedly quitting in record numbers, and NYC Mayor Eric Adams (D) claims that he is “not concerned” over the news, suggesting that the city will just replace them.
During an interview on Newsmax’s “National Report” on Monday, Andersson said that he was not surprised by the exodus.
“It doesn’t surprise me, but it’s also very frightening. I was raised with a lot of family members and friends [who are] police officers, and they look forward to doing their 20 years and out. That was reasonable, but now it’s actually unbearable,” said the former commissioner, who served under NYC Mayors Rudy Giuliani (R) and Michael Bloomberg, who was a lifelong Democrat that switched to Republican to run for mayor, then became an independent while in office, then switched back to Democrat years after leaving office.
Andersson’s remarks come following a report from the New York Post showing that almost 2,000 officers are planning to quit the ranks before even getting their full pensions, which is up 71% from 2021.
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“That’s almost twice the number from last year, and what we’ve got to do is we’ve got to add those numbers up, so now we’re talking about almost 3,000 officers, experienced in some manner, leaving the force,” he said. “The net result is less-qualified or less-trained individuals on the street, less-institutional memory, and more reason to have encounters that may not have to happen.”
“It’s all about public safety at the end of the day, and that’s what’s frightening about the fact too, that they’re leaving before they qualify for their pensions,” Andersson added.
Meanwhile, according to the former commissioner, public sentiment has turned against policing.
“The criticism they have faced over these past years, it’s just been so negative, and assumed the attitudes that these officers face daily from people,” Andersson said. “They’re second-guessed all the time. They don’t feel the administration has their backs. These are not exactly optimal working conditions.”
“During the Giuliani years, the mayor gave them clear messaging: ‘Go out and do your job, and we’ve got your back.’ We saw the results. Crime dropped,” he added.
Andersson also responded to the New York Post’s report that Jose Alba, the bodega employee who was recently cleared of murder charges after he killed an armed man in self-defense as the man was assaulting him in the store, has decided to return to his home country in the Dominican Republic.
“It was very clear what was happening there, and this man, an immigrant who comes to America because this is the land of law and order, puts himself in a position where he had to defend himself, and he’s the one charged with murder,” Andersson noted.
“You come to this country, you work hard, you just want to make a living for yourself, and then, of course, you’re facing the unthinkable where someone comes in and tries to attack you in your workplace,” he added.