New York Daily News

Updated: January 4, 2015, 9:53 PM



NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton will meet with police union leaders to discuss drop in arrests


Leaders from the five police unions will meet with Bratton on Wednesday to talk about the drop in police activity, which includes fewer arrests and tickets issued. But Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, said morale is the problem.


The leaders of the city’s five police unions will meet Wednesday with Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, in part, to discuss a drop in police activity, union leaders said.

“There is no slowdown or job action or refusal to work,” Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins said. “There is a morale problem.”

A union official, who asked to remain anonymous, said the meeting will happen at 4 p.m.

I’m sure part of the discussion will be about numbers and arrests,” the official said.

NYPD figures released this week show that arrests citywide had plummeted by 56% for the week ending Sunday over last year, from 5,448 to 2,401. The number of criminal summonses fell 92%, from 4,077 to just 347.

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch pointed out that two cops were shot in the Bronx Monday pursuing robbers.

“That’s a clear demonstration of police officer’s dedication to duty and that there is no union initiated or supported slowdown,” he said.