From the Daily News:
Turns out you can't do more with less.
Mayor Bloomberg admitted Friday that the recent uptick in murders could be linked to fewer cops on the streets because of budget cuts.
"It is worrisome," Bloomberg said of the 23% rise in murders this year. "We have fewer police officers than we did before. More cops always helps."
The city's police force stands at nearly 34,500, down from its peak head count of 40,864 in 2000.
And Bloomberg's latest budget plan whacks the department to its lowest level in two decades, leaving city streets with 32,817 officers come July.
Bloomberg has continued to boast the NYPD can do more with less.
"All of the experts said it couldn't be done, particularly in a down economy, but we've done it," he gushed in December when he announced record-low murders.