With a few subtle changes, the article you’re about to read would appear to be satire.
The New York City Police Department, beset by out-of-control crime, repeat violent offenders released back to the streets, a growing invasion of illegal aliens, and Democrat politicians who won’t let officers do their jobs has taken matters into its own hands — by banning facial hair and wearing newly designed uniforms.
“Huh?” you ask.
The NYPD is going “old school,” according to Chief of Patrol John Chell, who told department brass at a recent Compstat meeting at One Police Plaza:
Before I get into the obvious, let’s first acknowledge the reality.
Law enforcement agencies in Democrat-run cities across the country have not only been neutered beyond the point of capability to protect their respective citizens and communities; they have also often been forced by circumstances beyond their control to bear the brunt of public criticism for their gelded reality.
Anyway, back to the facial hair and new uniforms. Here’s more:
One veteran Manhattan cop was all in with the changes.
Retired NYPD sergeant Joseph Giacalone nailed it, as well:
Giacalone was right, to a point — but when criminals are intent on committing crimes and disrespecting law enforcement officers because they know they’ll be back on the streets, even if arrested, they don’t give a damn what a cop looks like.
As to be expected, NYC’s largest police union is opposed to the changes. Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Hendry said:
Ah, but Mr. Hendry, you assume your argument is mutually exclusive. It isn’t. The NYPD can only do what it can do — given the aforementioned restraints forced on it by Democrat politicians. That said, returning the force to a more professional appearance isn’t a bad thing, is it?
The answer is “No.”
Therefore, Mr. Hendry, you’re whining in the wrong direction. Try NYC Mayor Eric Adams and Democrat politicians at City Hall. Whine to them. Whine about the dangers your officers potentially face every time they take to the streets — beards and neckties or not.