New York Police Commissioner William Bratton is denying a published report that rank-and-file New York City police officers have been told not to take any vacation or sick days until the number of low-level arrests and summonses return to normal levels.
According to a report in the New York Post, officers in individual precincts are being ordered to hand in "activity sheets" to borough commanders. The sheets describe the number of arrests and summonses during each officer's shift.
But Bratton said during a news conference Monday afternoon that the NYPD is not denying officers vacations and sick time.
Bratton publicly acknowledged Friday that officers in the city had stopped writing tickets and making low-level arrests, though he declined to call it a "slowdown."
"They never stopped working," Bratton said. "911 calls were responded to, arrests continued to be made, crime continued to go down."
Bratton stated Monday that arrest levels are trending upward.
Numbers for low-level arrests like fare beating in the subway and public drunkenness had dropped by half and summonses for criminal activity were down more than 90 percent after the Dec. 20 shooting deaths of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in their patrol car.
Bratton said Friday that he didn't think the decrease was warranted and vowed "We'll work to bring things back to normal."
The night before the commissioner's remarks, the Post reported, all available sector cars in the 105th Precinct, in the borough of Queens, were called to a specific intersection to stage a checkpoint. An officer told the paper that no one was allowed to return to the precinct or take a meal break until two summonses had been written.
"The majority of summonses written aren’t protecting the public in any way," the officer told the Post. "But now they're realizing how much revenue the city is losing and they’re enforcing their will upon us."