Recent decline in arrests by New York Police Department points to slowdown amid labor strife

New York Police Department statistics show a steep decline in the number of arrests across all five boroughs in the two weeks since two officers were shot dead in their patrol car.

The totals suggest that a rumored work slowdown has taken hold.

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch insisted Tuesday that the union was not sanctioning a labor action. He says officers are putting themselves in danger, as usual, to keep the city safe.

But statistics show that last week the number of summonses for minor criminal offenses, traffic and parking violations decreased by more than 90 percent compared with the same week a year earlier.