Complaints against cops are down, and some say that’s a bad thing


 New NYPD officers salute at their graduation ceremony in December. 

They’re New York’s Nicest.

City cops have racked up fewer complaints from citizens so far this year compared to the same period in 2014, with some of the biggest drops involving “discourtesy” and “offensive language,” new data show.

In the past month alone, the number of gripes about rude cops dropped 41.8 percent, from 249 to just 145, according to the most recent numbers compiled by the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Complaints about officers using offensive language also dropped sharply, from 50 to 29, a 42 percent reduction.

The charm offensive occurred even without suggested department initiatives such as giving cops breath mints to eat when they feel like cursing, a harebrained idea that earned NYPD boss Michael Julian a one-way ticket out of his post as head of training.

The figures reflect an overall drop in complaints filed with the CCRB so far this year compared with the same period last year, with 2,215 racked up in 2014 as opposed to 1,868 in 2015.

As for discourtesy and cussing, there have been 1,045 complaints about police rudeness for the same period last year compared to 735 this year, a 19.7 percent decline. Offensive-language complaints also were down, from 210 to 137, a 34.8 percent decrease.

But not everyone thinks the drop in complaints is a sign of all good news.

Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, said the numbers suggest the NYPD may feel handcuffed by Mayor Bill de Blasio and other officials who have hammered the department for being overly aggressive.

Ed Mullins shakes hands with Mayor Bill de Blasio at a press conference in February.

“These statistics, much like the increase in crimes statistics, are indicative of a complete change in policing in New York City, a change that was demanded by political pandering and weak public officials who now have a kinder police officer — and a growing list of homicide and shooting victims piling up in the streets,” Mullins said.

Retired police Capt. Joe Concannon laughed aloud when asked if cops were being nicer.

“CCRB complaints are down because we all decided we’re going to put cops in a closet, lock them up and not use them,” he said. “The next thing we’re going to hear is de Blasio is saving a billion dollars because we haven’t had to print summonses.”


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