The nationally respected police force, NYPD, which even had a fictional popular TV series built around it, has lost a lot of its MOJO as the city has cut its budget and Mayor Bill de Blasio has continued to criticize them in a sign of no confidence.
As BLM was causing havoc around the U.S., more than 5,300 NYPD uniformed officers retired or put in their papers to leave in 2020 — a 75 percent spike from the year before, department data show. Over 1,000 more have followed suit in 2021.
Now NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea and another top long-serving officer have put in their retirement papers in the weeks before Mayor-elect Eric Adams takes office, The Post has learned.
In a sign of virtue signaling and in line with the SJW movement, Adams has publicly vowed to appoint a black woman as the next police commissioner and is expected to make an announcement next week.
Shea, 52, and First Deputy Commissioner Ben Tucker, 70, will retire from the police department on Dec. 31, according to police sources.
Shea’s driver, Det. Thomas Fitzgerald also filed for retirement on Thursday, sources added.
Shea was appointed police commissioner in November 2019 by Mayor Bill de Blasio former police leader James O’Neill retired. He, like his predecessor, was considered a protege of Bill Bratton.
Shea is responsible for disbanding the NYPD’s anti-crime unit — a plainclothes patrol that was embedded into the local communities. As a result of being in the mix, they had a higher rate of police shootings and were involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.
Shea’s two-year tenure has been a challenge and tainted by headlines from the department’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, the George Floyd protests, and the surge of gun violence — as well as his claims about bail reform leading to the uptick in shootings.
Tucker, the second in command in the NYPD, has been part of the department for 24 years. He had been passed over three times for the police commissioner role.