The NYPD is the most profitable department in the country, but the city’s cops are struggling to maintain their rank and file morale amid a decades-long decline in officers who use lethal force against people.
The NYPD has more officers than any other force in the nation, with more than 4,300,000 active and retired, according to the department’s most recent budget.
But the department, which is struggling to make a dent in its dwindling ranks, is having trouble finding replacements for the people it loses to deadly force.
The department has been hiring officers to fill vacancies in its ranks for years.
But that’s been a challenge, said Michael S. Foti, an NYPD lieutenant who runs the departments annual performance review, which takes into account officers’ performance in all aspects of their careers, from deployments to retirement to deployment to deployment.
He said the department is now struggling to find replacements who have similar experiences and are also willing to stick around.
In the past year, the NYPD has had to hire new officers to replace officers who retire or leave.
And the department has struggled to fill positions that are filled with police veterans who are returning from the front lines of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, said Foti.
“The department is losing more of its best officers than it’s gaining,” he said.
“And that’s just the first year.
We have to do better in 2018.”
The NYPD is hiring more officers, but its hiring practices are under scrutiny, and it needs to improve its hiring process, Foti said.
The department’s hiring process for veteran officers was changed to a hiring process to find veterans who want to work with officers and to provide them with mentoring, he said, which requires a higher level of education than is required for officers without a veteran’s background.
The department has also hired more officers without veteran’s backgrounds, but there are many who have had a bad experience with the department and may be unwilling to go back.
“I’m going to keep saying that, and I’m going back to the drawing board,” Foti told reporters in mid-February.
“We’re not going to hire officers who are not veterans, and that’s what we need to do.”
Foti said that he wants to hire veterans who will “work in the field and understand that there is an operational, operational value to working here,” which is why he is recommending that the department adopt a veteran hiring process.
But he also said the hiring process needs to be more transparent and that the recruitment of veterans needs to start earlier.
“It is a good idea to look at the hiring criteria,” he told reporters.
“But I also think it is a bad idea to just have a one-size-fits-all approach to the hiring of officers.”
Foti also said he wants the department to have a plan in place for how to train officers.
“The department needs to have an integrated approach to training,” he explained.
“Because we’ve got some of the highest rates of officer misconduct in the world.
We need to look to where that can be most effective and effective training, where the officers are having the best success.
We don’t have that yet.”