This is ... not good.
New York City cops are resigning at a "record-breaking pace in 2023, and there is no sign that the bleeding will slow.
"The NYPD staffing emergency is approaching the point of no return," said Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch.
The shocking stats show 239 officers tapped out in January and February, a 36% spike from the 176 who fled in the same period last year and a disturbing 117% jump from the 110 in 2021, NYPD pension data show.
That's the highest number of resignations for the first two months of a year since 250 members quit in 2007 during a contentious contract dispute.
Bad crime policy leads to more crime. Fewer police to keep the city safe leads to more crime on top of that. It's not hard to see how this ends.
At the current rate, 1,400 cops will quit before the end of this year – and before qualifying for retirement benefits!
In just one two-day period last month, 21 cops walked away from their jobs.
The NYPD, meanwhile, apparently has no idea how to retain its workforce:
"Precinct cops are being forced to work an inhumane amount of overtime, including on their days off, while being penalized for minor uniform and administrative infractions.
"Meanwhile, precincts barely have enough personnel to meet the minimum required to safely answer 911 calls."
Whatever's on the horizon for New York, it doesn't look good.
But hey – at least only the bad guys are allowed to carry guns, am I right?