March 14, 2016 | 1:48pm   


Bratton’s not surprised by low morale on NYPD

By Leonica Valentine

Chad Rachman

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Monday he’s “not surprised” by the police union survey that showed most cops are unhappy with their jobs and believe the city has become more dangerous since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office.

“Nothing in that survey shows anything different from the one we ourselves conducted two years ago — it shows nothing we are not working to address,” the top cop said after a ceremony for Officer Kevin Gillespe, who died in the line of duty 20 years ago.

“I’ve been in the business 40 years, and I’ve complained about it quite a bit myself.”

Bratton insisted that the NYPD has been addressing cops’ complaints by increasing training and focusing more on safety.

“It is one of the reasons why we have made such an effort to address training, there has never been a time we have done so much of it,” he said.

Bratton also pointed to new “state-of-the-art flashlights” that the NYPD is in the process of buying for officers working in the dark.

“We have been testing ballistic doors, seeing officers’ reactions,” he added. “Everything we have been doing these last few years has been focused on responding to officers’ concerns.”

The survey, only part of which was released over the weekend, found that rank-and-file cops on average rated morale at just 2.49 on a scale of 1 to 10.

Roughly 87 percent of the more than 6,000 cops polled said the city is now “less safe” since the de Blasio administration took over at the beginning of 2014. Ninety-six percent also said relations between cops and community members have become worse since then.

Bratton said he would make further comments after announcing the full findings of the survey on Tuesday.