New York Daily News

July 3, 2014


 

The Shack

Police union head: 'Operation All Out' is a band-aid response to escalating gun violence

BY THOMAS TRACY

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch called "Operation All Out" a band-aid.

The NYPD’s “Operation All Out” is a cop out, the head of the city’s biggest police union said Thursday.

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch blasted Police Commissioner Bill Bratton’s plan to reassign up to 400 cops usually assigned to desk jobs to the city’s crime hot spots this summer, claiming “the NYPD does not have enough police officers on patrol to curb gun violence, control crime and keep the city safe.”

“(Operation All Out) is a last ditch, band-aid response to the escalating gun violence and disorder in this city,” Lynch said about Bratton’s plan, which would mobilize cops for up to 90 days.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton wants to deploy 400 cops usually assigned to desk jobs to patrol high crime areas this summer.

Instead of shuffling cops around, the city should hire more police officers, Lynch said.

“City Hall has ignored the dramatically diminished staffing in the NYPD for well over a decade and now this administration is left to fix the problem,” he said. “Hiring more police officers is critical to addressing this problem and it must begin immediately.”

NYPD top spokesman Stephen Davis said not all of the 400 officers will be deployed — and those that are deployed will probably not be out in the street for the entire summer.