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NYPD Union Survey Shows Officers Very Unhappy with de Blasio, City Government

May 13, 2016  | 

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York (NYC PBA) recently conducted a survey of its members on the NYPD’s daily working environment, as well as their opinions of Mayor de Blasio, the New York City Council, and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. The results demonstrate that an overwhelming majority of NYC PBA members believe New York City is headed in the wrong direction, in large part because of the lack of support for police officers from Mayor de Blasio and other elected officials. Today’s results follow similar numbers — released yesterday — showing police officer morale has reached historic lows.

The survey was open to all PBA members over the course of approximately three weeks and more than 6,000 responses were collected. Respondents ranged in age, location and service years, with 47% having more than 10 years of NYPD experience. The overall survey results show that members believe the relationship with the public and elected officials has worsened in the past few years, with a lack of support and respect for police officers the top reason cited. Members also expressed they personally feel “less safe” while on duty and most agree that they are often reluctant to take police action for fear of lawsuits or complaints from the public.

Top survey results include:

  • 95% of members said New York City is on the wrong track.
  • 92% of PBA members say support for the police has decreased during the de Blasio administration compared to past administrations.
  • 96% of responses were unfavorable towards Mayor de Blasio, with 88% very unfavorable. Additionally, 96% disapprove of de Blasio’s policing and public safety policies.
  • City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the City Council both receive poor ratings from the PBA membership, with the Speaker receiving 85% unfavorable rating and the City Council receiving a 97% negative job rating.
  • Police Commissioner Bratton receives relatively high ratings. 64% of the respondents are favorable towards Commissioner Bratton and he also receives a 66% overall job approval rating.
  • 95% of NYC PBA members say they personally feel “less safe” while on duty as a police officer, and the majority, 58%, feel “much less safe.”
  • 97% agree that police officers are reluctant to take action for fear of lawsuits or complaints by the public.
  • 81% feel the new procedures and requirements related to the use of stop, question and frisk limit police officers’ ability to safely and effectively make stops, when necessary.

NYC PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said: 

“The brave men and women who risk their lives to protect New Yorkers should feel safe and confident that their hard work is having a positive impact on the future of this city. Unfortunately, as this survey proves, the majority of our police officers do not feel supported by Mayor de Blasio’s administration or the City Council, and believe their unfavorable public safety policies have New York City on the wrong track. This disconnect between our members and city leaders cannot continue, and now is the time for a real solution.”

Comments (8)

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kevcopAz @ 5/14/2016 9:38 AM

This must be a mistake, the Mayor and the Obama administration say that there is not any "Ferguson effect" causing cops to be more hesitent about on-view aggressive police work. We are all "safer" and there is no "evidence" that videos, anti-cop speech, anti police prosecutors and politicians are arm chairing everything a cop does. This is obviously trumped up figures based upon the Union just wanting more power and to destroy the tremendous leaps forward in policing that both Obama and De Blasio's administrations have made to safeguard the public from the racist and unprofessional American police officers. Obama and De Blasio wouldn't mislead us would they? Tell me this aint so!

Federali @ 5/14/2016 9:41 AM

The public gets the leaders they elect. Maybe, hopefully, when crime goes up more, they'll realize the type off mayor and city council members they need to elect to reverse it. Same thing with federal laws, now we put our careers at risk by making the types of arrests that we did routinely 7+ years ago! If a certain candidate wins in November, I can retire my handcuffs, if the other one wins, I may need to start carrying a third or fourth pair! Whoever your leaders are though, do what you have to in order to stay safe!

kevcopAz @ 5/14/2016 9:45 AM

Agreed! Elections have consequences do they not. Sadly sometimes in the end we get what we deserve to an extent. Im hoping that the pendulum swings back soon before we can't go back.

Federali @ 5/14/2016 9:59 AM

It's never too late to go back. The ride just might be longer to get to the better place, and the price paid for waiting so long may be too great. But it's never too late. Sadly, the "sheep" will get the leaders they want and they will pay the bigger piece of the price. As much as that frustrates us "sheepdogs", we have to just keep moving forward. So just follow the "first rule" of police work, make sure to go home in relatively the same condition you showed up for work in.

Retired NY Boss @ 5/14/2016 10:13 AM

Every time I read about what's going on, I thank god I'm retired from this NYC LEO comedy.

HRPufnstuf @ 5/14/2016 11:51 AM

I think New York City needs a Donald Trump type of person to run for mayor, at least, after they get disgusted enough with the results they get with the Deblasio types.
Any mayor that meets with and takes advice from criminal deadbeats the likes of Al Sharpton is definitely the wrong choice.

Tom Ret @ 5/14/2016 4:14 PM

When NYC wants their officers to enforce cigarette tax laws or other minor violations, the cops should walk away if they see any hesitancy on the part of the offender to cooperate so as not to be accused of over reacting. If the powers that be won't back the use of force in such incidents then its not that important to enforce in the first place. I'm only referring to calls for service as officers likely will not proactively enforce these laws at all. When the city loses revenue due to the lack of enforcement and then wants the police to take action, the police union should respond that it doesn't meet their use of force protocol and not worth the risk of injury therefore the officers took no action.

anon @ 5/15/2016 8:01 AM

capt. brunch, as always your conclusions are based on your low IQ. When was the last time you stopped to seriously think. Lynch has no solutions as long as de blasio is in office. If I worked in NYC I'd be one of the Officers turning my back on him.

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