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In a sad and predictable development attributable to progressive policies, more than half of the New York Police Department now wish they had never joined the force, according to an internal survey of 6,000 uniformed officers.

The New York Post obtained the survey which paints a grim picture of today’s environment for officers trying to do their jobs. They have their hands tied by liberal politicians and policies such as bail-reform laws that keep violent offenders out of jail and legislation that puts the burden of liability on police officers themselves while emboldening criminals.

“My retirement date is next month,” commented one 20-year veteran who took part in the survey. “I can’t wait to run out of here.” The officer referred to as “Dan” asserts that his job has hit “rock bottom.” He’s advising his son to not pursue a profession as a police officer due to the current climate.

Joining the force is typically a generational vocation for many. Evidently not anymore.

“The city is absolutely not safe at all. Bail reform. Criminals being released. Everyone knows what’s going on,” he asserted.

Participants in the survey believe that things will get worse for the NYPD, with 79% of the 5,935 respondents polled in March claiming that the city will not become any safer over the next two years.

With Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and the Defund the Police movement attacking them at every turn, it is unsurprising that officers are leaving the Big Apple and heading for freer pastures such as Florida where Governor DeSantis has offered a $5,000 signing bonus for officers moving to the state. With the low pay officers receive in New York, the promise of a signing bonus, freedom to do their jobs, and lower crime rates is a powerful incentive. Not to mention lower taxes.

At least 14 NYPD officers have left New York City for Lakeland, Florida, according to the New York Post. DeSantis said last month that he is “actively working to recruit” officers from other states.

A stunning 56 percent of New York officers now claim they wouldn’t wear a badge if they could do it over again. A majority believe that citizens distrust and disrespect them now. Seventy-three percent claim that the public has a bad relationship with the police department.

“There is no other profession that is scrutinized as much as we are,” remarked an NYPD sergeant who is a 16-year-veteran. “The far-left-leaning politics are absolutely destroying the city of New York.”

It gets even worse. Eighty percent of officers, detectives, sergeants, lieutenants, and captains surveyed are now hesitant to aggressively fight crime because they fear criminal liability, being sued out of existence, or being disciplined for simply doing their job.

Reforms were passed in March by the City Council that nixed qualified immunity for cops which leaves them wide open for lawsuits or criminal prosecution.

“This doesn’t look good for [Mayor-elect] Adams. Not only is he inheriting a lot of bad legislature from the City Council and Albany, it sounds like he’s getting an apathetic police department,” commented Joseph Giacalone, who is an adjunct professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former NYPD sergeant.

“I don’t blame the cops. DAs that don’t prosecute, feckless politicians, removal of [enforcement of] quality-of-life crimes. What can they do? Dammed if you do and dammed if you don’t,” he added. “The ‘Don’t’ part sounds like a lot less trouble to get in.”

Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said in an interview with the New York Post that the survey “should surprise nobody.”

“New York City police officers are well past our breaking point, and Mayor de Blasio and the outgoing City Council are still piling on with policies that punish cops and erode public safety,” he noted. “The intolerable environment and our substandard pay has every cop looking to get out as soon as they can. Our new leaders have a real mess to clean up. They need to start by supporting the beleaguered cops on the street.”

“The survey was conducted “in an effort to determine how we can improve as a department — both internally and in regard to policing New York City,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea stated in a letter to officers addressing the issue.

“We all know the tremendous and unprecedented challenges we faced in 2020, and we also know that there will be more obstacles to overcome. But through it all, you have continued work toward a safer and more stable New York City — and for that, I thank you,” he said.

Fewer than half of the NYPD’s officers live within the city limits of New York which says a lot all by itself.

The tragic loss of New York’s finest and the low morale among officers can be blamed on Democrats and progressive policies. Officers will go where they are wanted and are allowed to do their jobs:

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