In a new memo addressed to the New York Police Department, cops have been ordered not to “congregate” or take part in “unnecessary conversation” with each other. Unsurprisingly, this memo from the city comes just weeks after Mayor Eric Adams chastised officers on the street for chatting on the job.
Sent Tuesday, the order in the memo marks a revision to the patrol guide for officers and supervisors — instructing them to ensure cops aren’t gathering together. “Do not congregate, or engage in unnecessary conversation, with other members of the service while on post, absent police necessity,” the order states, addressing police officers.
In another part of the memo that is specifically addressed to patrol supervisors, the order states that bosses should “Ensure members of the service do not congregate, or engage in unnecessary conversation, with other members of the service while on post, absent police necessity.”
In response to this seemingly bizarre order, the Police Benevolent Association- one of the biggest Police unions in NYC- claimed there wouldn’t be enough officers to congregate soon anyway because so many are quitting. “The order is unnecessary,” PBA president Patrick Lynch said. “Pretty soon there won’t be enough cops left to congregate anywhere in the city, because these miserable working conditions and the low pay are forcing them to quit in droves.”