(FOX NEWS) – The New York City Police Department lost more staff members last year than it has in two decades, but leadership is "refusing to acknowledge" the spiraling crisis, the city's top police union leader said.
Things have gotten so bad that criminals could be emboldened, endangering residents and Big Apple tourists, New York City Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said.
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"The NYPD is playing a dangerous game by refusing to acknowledge and address its recruitment and retention crisis," Lynch told Fox News Digital in a recent interview. "New Yorkers are demanding more police presence in their neighborhoods and on the subway, but we just don’t have the staffing to provide it consistently."
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