The union that represents New York’s finest is currently cracking down on the number of so-called “get-out-of-jail-free” cards that officers issue as a courtesy to family and friends.
President Pat Lynch of NYPD’s Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association reportedly reduced the number of cards issued on a yearly basis, with active duty officers now receiving only twenty of their original thirty cards, and retirees only being able to use ten of their previous allotment of twenty.
The cards are frequently used to get out of minor infractions, a perk of being related to or being friends with a member of the NYPD.
However, many of the cards are being sold on websites such as eBay, prompting the PBA to cut down on the number of issued cards.
Despite what seems to be good intentions, former and current members of the NYPD aren’t thrilled.
“They are treating active members like s**t, and retired members even worse than s**t,” one retired NYPD cop told the New York Post. “All the cops I spoke to were…very disappointed they couldn’t hand them out as Christmas gifts.”
The NYPD and PBA were not willing to comment on the matter.