Wary NYPD cops letting minor crimes slide

With cops on edge following the assassination of two patrol officers on a Brooklyn street, many officers have started turning a blind eye to some minor crimes, sources told The Post, while a union mandate that two patrol cars respond to all police calls has led to slower response times to non-emergencies.

“I’m not writing any summonses. Do you think I’m going to stand there so someone can shoot me or hit me in the head with an ax?” One cop said Sunday, referring to the Dec. 20 slayings and another recent attack on the NYPD.

“I’m concerned about my safety,” the cop added. “I want to go to home to my wife and kids.”

An NYPD supervisor noted, “My guys are writing almost no summonses, and probably only making arrests when they have to — like when a store catches a shoplifter.”

And the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association directive for cops to respond with at least two patrol cars has resulted in a manpower shortage that’s delaying response times to non-emergencies — such as burglaries or car crashes without injuries — to as much as four hours, sources said.

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton predicted a long, cold war between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYPD’s rank and file Sunday, while admitting that morale among cops was so low, the problem could no longer be denied…

  • The “broken window theory” can easily be applied to “minor crimes”.

    Expect more.

    When politicians like de Blasio allow the foundation of society to crack, it is hard to keep everything upright.

    • It all begins with minor crimes.

      • Clausewitz

        Guessing this is the end of the Giuliani doctrine that made New York livable once again. Back to the dark ages for them after they elected a Sandinista for mayor.

        • If the Simpsons episode when they went to New York has taught me anything, everyone has to fear the CHUDs.

  • Dana Garcia

    Left-wingers prefer chaos, as long as they have personal bodyguards.

  • just a thought

    One short term objective accomplished.

  • This is a load of passive-aggressive sh*t. The whole reason the cops get high salaries and very generous pensions is supposedly because they face danger every day. There is no other reason. So buck up.

    New York. Great. It takes a year and a hell of a lot of money to get a legal gun in New York – effectively the 2nd Amendment does not apply. Or you can buy an illegal handarm, which is what all the criminals do.

    I am genuinely sorry about those two policemen who were murdered by a psycho, but the police are not above the law. Enforce the law. You think not enforcing the law – but not going on strike, I notice – is an option because you’re not happy? Well then anyone who breaks the law to defend themselves hereby gets a free pass.

    • BillyHW

      They should stop policing any black communities. They don’t pay any net taxes to support the police, and they are so full of racist hatred for the police anyways.

      • jayme

        There are some in Ottawa that say with all the shootings we should increase the police force which would be a extra $2-3 per tax payer while many others are saying its pointless to police the black communities.

      • Maybe. But the point is, they don’t feel like enforcing the law, why the hell should anyone else feel like obeying it?

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          It sounds like they are not enforcing the writing of summonses, which has far more to do with revenue generation than issues of community safety.

          Bill de Blasio needs to resign.

          • The Goat

            Now if only we can get them to stop collecting photo radar fines.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            If they’ve stopped writing tickets to middle class people for minor traffic violations or for breaking nanny state laws then I see a silver lining.

    • Brett_McS

      The police are given a fairly large amount of discretion regarding minor offenses; they can chose to arrest, or give a warning, or nothing. It looks like they have moved to the later option.

    • crikey

      when WE
      don’t allow the Police forces any power to deal with crime!

      I don’t think all this softly, softly business is working to keep the majority safe


      When authority is constantly in retreat = you can’t win
      WHen you curb the power of the Police, too much, because of the fear of abuse, you render them impotent


  • lolwut?

    Stop responding to ANY calls to black areas, Let them burn

  • Hard Little Machine

    Good. Drive out the remaining small businesses. There are only 3 groups of people in NYC anymore; the hyper wealthy, the poor on the dole, and civil servants.

  • Frances

    Mamba – how many uniformed family members do you have? We are rather skeptical as to current police enforcement – or lack thereof (RCMP take note) – in Canada. However, we are also aware we have family members in uniform trying their best to keep their communities safe.