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Some frustrated NYPD officers flee for Long Island police departments: NYPost

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Roughly 50 NYPD officers have ditched New York City for police departments in neighboring Long Island, with insiders citing an increasingly anti-police climate in the city and not enough pay, The New York Post reported Tuesday. The Nassau County Police Department in particular is receiving the brunt of these now-former city officers.

Since Friday, dozens of officers, many of whom had less than five years on the job, have quit the NYPD, even though it meant taking a pay cut in the short term, law enforcement sources told The Post.

“They are going to a department where they will be better appreciated by their community, local politicians and district attorneys who still value the job they do protecting innocent people and property over criminals,” said one source, describing the benefits of joining other police departments.

While they will make less money in the short run due to quitting, the NYC-turned-Nassau officers will ultimately make more money in the long run, sources told The Post.

The Post notes that Nassau County last held an entrance exam in January 2018 and still drawing from that list, according the department’s recruiting site. In spite of this hurdle, the officers made their exit amid large-scale Black Lives Matter and Defund The Police protests this summer and autumn, more restrictive policies, and NYPD funding cuts in the city’s budget.

New York City also saw a spike in crime over the summer, as well as some highly publicized incidents of violence toward, and the murder of police officers, with a lack of support from Mayor Bill de Blasio, with whom the NYPD has not had a friendly relationship.

According to The Post, it was not an overnight decision for these officers to leave the NYPD.

During the summer, NYPD officers were retiring at such a high rate that the department had to restrict the rate at which they could do so. In particular, one week at the beginning of July saw a 400% surge in retirements.

This low morale caused the Department of Homeland Security over the summer to actively try to recruit fed-up NYPD officers, according to The Post.

However, many of those retirements were senior investigators who had clocked in enough time to qualify for their pensions, while this new batch of officers are still young. This, The Post writes, means that this recent loss of officers to other departments will be felt longer within the NYPD, and that New York City has gotten less return on the money it had invested in training them than the retirees.

“The city spent millions of dollars training these cops hoping that they would be around for another 20-plus years,” said one Manhattan officer. “That money and experience just walked out the door, putting a further drain on the city’s budget nightmare.”

Pat Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association union, blamed the city for unwillingness to cough up money for adequate law enforcement.

“We continue to lose trained, experienced police officers to Nassau County and other departments where they can earn up to 70 percent more,” said Lynch in a statement. “It’s yet another sign that New York City politicians don’t really care about improving policing in this city.

“What they want is fewer cops on streets, and their refusal to pay us a fair-market wage is getting them exactly that,” he added.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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REPORT: China has vast network of covert police stations around the world

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China has a vast network of covert police stations abroad, according to a recent report by Safeguard Defenders, an NGO that focuses on human rights violations in China and other Asian countries. These police stations serve consular functions, but are also used by China to crack down on what the CCP deems “illegal” activity of Chinese nationals abroad. The police stations include at least 38 run by the Fuzhou City police, and 22 run by the Qingtian City police. Cities housing these police stations include New York, Toronto (which has three stations), London (two), Paris (three), Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, and Tokyo.

Key findings of the report are below.

“Persuaded to return”

According to China, China has “persuaded to return [to China]” 230,000 Chinese nationals living aboard from April 2021 to July 2022 alone to face charges of fraud and telecommunications fraud. A Yangxia police station set up in Mozambique, for example, persuaded a Chinese national to return to China after being accused of stealing money from his employer. Chinese authorities also put pressure on the accused family to convince the accused to surrender.

Roughly 54,000 Chinese nationals were persuaded to return from northern Myanmar alone, in the first nine months of 2021. In July 2022, the government of Wenchang City warned that its citizens living in northern Myanmar must check in with their local police stations or face multiple penalties including blocking their children from attending urban schools back in China. Similarly, in February 2022, the government of Liayang City stated that Chinese “illegally staying” in northern Myanmar must return or the bank accounts of their immediate family members could be frozen.

The Nine Forbidden Countries

China has claimed that nine countries contain serious levels of fraud and telecom fraud perpetrated by Chinese nationals. Since November 2021, China has declared that Chinese citizens living in these nine countries must return to China immediately unless they have an “emergency reason” or a “strict necessity” to travel or stay in those countries. Those countries are: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, the UAE, and Turkey. However, the report questions whether these countries are truly awash in such fraud, as most of China’s oversees police stations are in the West, and only one of the nine countries (Cambodia) has such a police station. Chinese staying in the nine forbidden countries, as well as threats to family members as stated above, creates a “guilt-by-association” atmosphere intended to repatriate the Chinese nationals.

Conclusion

According to the report, Chinese police stations abroad serve to bypass “bilateral extradition treaties or other mechanisms of judicial cooperation” to cooperate with CCP-linked NGOs which effectively “[sets] up an alternative policing and judicial system within third countries.” Instead of using international judicial cooperation, which establishes due process, the presumption of innocence, and the right to a fair trial, China uses the above “persuade-to-return” methods and transnational police stations to circumvent international law and coerce Chinese nationals to return to China for trials. These policies show the power of China’s long-arm oppression over its own subjects.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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