Staten Island Advance
 updated March 14, 2016 at 12:38 PM


Union survey shows NYPD morale low under de Blasio

By Anna Sanders | asanders@siadvance.com

AP Photo/John Minchillo
NYPD morale is at "rock bottom" under Mayor Bill de Blasio according to a survey conducted by the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.

CITY HALL -- NYPD morale is at "rock bottom" under Mayor Bill de Blasio according to a survey conducted by the union representing rank-and-file officers.

Eighty-seven percent of members who responded to a Patrolmen's Benevolent Association poll said that the city has become "less safe" in the past two years. 

Ninety-six percent said the relationship between police and the public has gotten worse during the same time, with 70 percent saying it has "greatly worsened," the survey found. 

There are more than 24,000 PBA members and all could participate in the web survey, conducted between Feb. 9 and 26 by McLaughlin & Associates. Just over 6,000 cops responded and 12,548 were sent the survey to emails on file with the PBA. 

"The results of this survey prove what we've been hearing time and time again from members over the past two years -- the job is more difficult than ever, the dangers are greater and morale is extremely low," PBA President Patrick Lynch said in a statement. "The understaffing, inadequate training, low pay and lack of support has had a chilling effect on police officers across the city."

The NYPD has not received the survey and said the department will review the results if and when they get them. 

"These findings are highly suspect and fly in the face of the facts," de Blasio spokeswoman Monica Klein said. "We are experiencing historic lows in criminal activity. Murders and shootings are at their lowest in modern history. NYPD is the most effective police force in the country thanks to our officers' dedication and commitment to their job." 

The PBA released a preview of the survey results on Monday and full findings will be unveiled on Tuesday. 

On a scale of 0 to 10, morale was at a low average of 2.49 among respondents. 

Ninety-six percent said that they believe suspects are more likely to resist arrest and 91 percent believe that graffiti, public urination, panhandlers and other signs of disorder are growing more prevalent. 

Most of survey respondents also said that they feel they lack equipment and training they need, and that the NYPD is understaffed. 

De Blasio increased the force by 1,300 officers last year and has made investments in bulletproof vests, smart phones, tablets and retraining efforts for the NYPD. 

The survey also found that 89 percent of respondents are willing to leave the NYPD for another job with better pay in the city and 86 percent would leave the city for better pay. 

The New York State Public Employment Relations Board gave officers 1 percent raises every year for two years under a decision reached last year after months of arbitration with the PBA.