According to O’Donnell, a spokesman for the deputy commissioner for public information, filings increased 411% from June 29 to July 6 over the same period last year.
“Of course, cops retire at a higher rate,” said Captains Endowment Association president Chris Monahan to CNN on Wednesday night. “We were left by the NYPD and elected officials.”
“While the decision to retire is a personal one and can be attributed to a number of factors, it is a worrying trend that we are closely monitoring,” said O’Donnell.
From June 29 to July 6, 179 uniformed members applied for retirement, O’Donnell said, compared to 35 in the same period last year.
“There were 306 retirees, 40 resignations and 503 retirement applications,” said O’Donnell since May 25. “Comparative figures for 2019: 254 retirement, 49 resignations and 287 applications for retirement.”
The people in the group notice a change.
“If you want to retire, you’ll need to make an appointment with the pensions department to keep a file,” a NYPD detective, who has been working for more than 25 years and is considering retirement, told CNN. “Usually you can get one quickly. Now it’s more of a week waiting.”
“Every day, the pensions department sends out a message about who left and submitted that day. (It) used to be one page, maybe two most. It was six pages recently,” said the detective.
According to Paul DiGiacomo, President of the Detectives’ Endowment Association, the increase in retirement is a loss for New Yorkers.
“The increase in detectives and other retiring police officers is not a shock,” said DiGiacomo. “Nobody wants to come to work every day and be demoralized and slandered when they risk their lives to protect people.”
“New Yorkers are losing their most experienced crime fighters due to ongoing violence in the city and the apathy of misguided officials,” said DiGiacomo.
According to O’Donnell, the New York City Police Pension Fund has refused anyone to apply for a retirement related to work.
CNN’s Theresa Waldrop contributed to this report.