New Yorkers can expect cops to be issuing tickets and making more arrests as Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is reportedly barring cops from taking vacation and sick days until law enforcement is back to normal.
On Friday, Bratton addressed what he called a “slowdown” in police work since Detective Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were gunned down in Bed-Stuy on Dec. 20.
Arrests were down 66 percent during the last two weeks of 2014, according to the Daily News, and the number of summons written the week ending Dec. 29 dropped by 94 percent.
The New York Post reported Sunday that officers are being told they can’t take vacation or sick time, and might be hit with a transfer, if the number of summonses does not rise.
Bratton said during a Friday press briefing he didn’t know what caused the drop in policing.
Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association chief Patrick Lynch was recorded in December apparently calling for a slowdown by cops, saying “we will use extreme discretion in every encounter.”
“That’s 30-some-odd thousand officers; their motivations might be different for different ones,” Bratton said Friday. “The unions have given me what they believe to be the cause. And I’m making no statement about what the cause might had been.”
Bratton also said he didn’t believe the unions were encouraging the stoppage.