The union representing rank-and-file NYPD officers blasted New York City Mayor Eric Adams for saying that he felt disappointed for transit cops “looking at their phones” while on patrol.
On Wednesday, the Police Benevolent Association said those police officers don’t necessarily want to be saddled with phones.
”New York City police officers did not ask for NYPD-issued smartphones — we were ordered to carry and use them. We are now required to document every minute of our tour on these phones. Every form we are required to fill out and every alert we receive comes through the phone,” PBA president Patrick Lynch said.
“If there’s a problem with cops using the phone on duty, NYPD management should change the policies and go back to pen and paper,” Lynch added.
Earlier, Adams said transit cops should avoid looking on their phones while on duty.
“I am disappointed in the deployment of transit police personnel. I’ve shared this before. All of you who take the train, you walk downstairs, and you see five transit officers standing at the booth, looking at their phones,” Adams said.
“We just can’t continue to do that. And I have been meeting with the chief of transit and the police commissioner to talk about better deployment,” Adams added.