Crowley Calls For NYPD Civilianization

In an effort to increase the number of uniformed police officers on the streets, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) joined Public Safety Chair Vanessa Gibson, Public Advocate Letitia James and Local 1549 of District Council 37 in calling on the NYPD to civilianize hundreds of administrative positions currently being performed by uniformed officers. At the end of last year, 731 uniformed NYPD police officers were performing administrative and civilian functions – not including those assigned to limited, restricted or modified duty.

“Our City needs to put as many uniformed police officers as possible on the streets to maximize law enforcement and keep New Yorkers safe,” Crowley said. “By introducing more civilians into the NYPD’s administrative work force, we can increase police presence, while also saving the City money.”

“The most effective and efficient way to utilize our limited number of uniformed police officers is to assign those officers to our neighborhood streets,” Public Advocate Letitia James said. “Increasing the civilianization of our police force saves the City money by reducing overtime costs, and lowering the cost of administrative and clerical positions. But most importantly, it allows NYPD to increase its presence throughout the City and continue ensuring the safety of residents.”

The Council’s support for civilianization of hundreds of positions held by uniformed police officers drew important backing from key union officials representing the NYPD’s civilian workforce.

“I applaud the City Council for calling upon the Mayor to hire 500 Police Administrative Aides (PAAs),” said Eddie Rodriguez, President of Local 1549 of District Council 37. “The residents of New York City deserve better than allowing sworn law enforcement officers to sit behind a desk to perform clerical work. Let civilian workers do clerical administrative work and police officers fight crime.”