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April 24, 2001

NYPD Expected To Lose Record Number Of Officers This Year

CarThe NYPD's rank and file is shrinking, as a record 3,000 police officers are expected to leave the force this year.

The number of officers retiring or changing jobs is up about 30 percent from last year and 50 percent from 1998.

While the NYPD is losing employees, the city is also having trouble bringing in recruits. Union leaders and several top police brass have reluctantly suggested lowering standards as a way to get more recruits.

Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik says that won't be necessary, adding the Police Department has waves of hiring and retiring.

However, the NYPD is taking some steps to attract new members to the force, including dropping its $35 application fee and looking outside New York for applicants.