The staff of the NYPD is poised to shrink, but the department won't be cutting police officers. Instead, it will reduce its civilian ranks by more than a thousand jobs. The proposed move is expected to save the city tens of millions of dollars but Councilman Peter Vallone says the cost to public safety will be too high.
"When they say civilian cuts people say thank God they're not cutting police officers. What that means is that cop now has to come off the street, sit behind a desk and pick up those phones," said Vallone.
Under the mayor's proposed budget, in the coming months, the NYPD would cut 1,154 civilian jobs. About 750 are open positions that the department just wouldn't fill. But 395 would be actual layoffs, people in administrative positions throughout the department, including at local precincts.
Pete's right this time.