New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has issued an ultimatum to his police force in response to its work slowdown:
Get back to work or else!
Bratton said after a review that he saw a dramatic reduction in arrests and summonses, particularly for low-level offenses.
“We made a determination that there has in fact been a slowdown,’’ he said.
The commissioner said he wouldn’t call the slowdown part of an organized action and was keeping all possibilities open, according to the New York Times.
“I don’t know what the cause is,” He told reporters Friday. “That’s 30,000-some-odd officers; that their motivations might be different for different ones.”
He expressed optimism that the situation is improving.
“The slowdown is over in the sense that the numbers are starting to go back up again,” Bratton told reporters Friday. “I anticipate by early next week that the numbers will return to their normalcy.”
Officers may not have a choice.
A supervisor, who asked to remain anonymous, told the New York Times that officers have been told that they better get back to work or face severe consequences.
“Cops have all heard it at roll call,” the supervisor said. “The word is out: You better start working again.”
One officer who spoke to the New York Post said the edict was all about money — not safety.
“Everyone here is under orders — no time off” during the summons catch-up blitz, said one cop at the 105th Precinct in Queens.
“And the majority of [new] summonses written aren’t protecting the public in any way.
This announcement was posted inside an NYPD station house.
“But now they’re realizing how much revenue the city is losing and they’re enforcing their will upon us,” he said.
An anonymous union source told the Post what some of the consequences will be if officers don’t start complying with the commissioner’s orders.
“Police officers around the city are now threatened with transfers, no vacation time and sick time unless they write summonses,” a union source told the Post. “This is the same practice that caused officers to be labeled racist and abusers of power.”
Ironic isn’t it?
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