New York Daily News

May 8, 2015, 9:12 PM

  

 

PBA head says city in 'dire' need of more NYPD cops as City Council predicts it will happen

BY JENNIFER FERMINO

THEODORE PARISIENNE/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
“It is dangerous and short-sighted not to hire more police officers, particularly when the city finances can support an investment in safe streets,” Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said in a statement.

The head of the PBA says the city is in “dire” need of more cops and can afford them — and City Council members predicted Friday he will get his wish by the time budget negotiations conclude in June.

“It is dangerous and short-sighted not to hire more police officers, particularly when the city finances can support an investment in safe streets,” Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said in a statement.

“Safety is the engine that powers our economy.”

The budget Mayor de Blasio presented Thursday did not increase police head count by 1,000, as Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has urged, but it didn’t draw a hard line in the sand — and privately many Council members believe the final budget will fund more cops.

“I think we'll get a good amount,” said one Council member.

“It’s a big need, and it’s very important to the Council.”

Another said that ultimately de Blasio will not risk alienating his Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.

“There will be a deal,” the Democrat said. “Five hundred [cops] maybe. He can’t say no to Bratton.”

Bratton has publicly said he believes the department needs more police, though he hasn’t given a hard number.

Mark-Viverito said she will continue the fight behind closed doors as the mayor and Council negotiate the budget, which must be adopted before July 1.

More cops would help the NYPD implement “new and innovative policies which would be constrained by a smaller force,” she said.

Lynch’s tone is far less heated than last year when — after two cops were shot to death by a police-hating lunatic — he said de Blasio had “blood” on his hands.

De Blasio said Thursday when he unveiled the budget that he didn’t think the NYPD needed the 1,000 cops — which would cost $69 million in next year’s budget — because the department was doing such a good job.

“I’m very confident with what’s happening right now with the resources we have,” said de Blasio, who budgeted a total of $4.6 billion for the NYPD, a slight increase from the year before.