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Arrest stats point to New York Police Department slowdown

January 6, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Police Department statistics show a steep decline in the number of arrests across all five boroughs in the two weeks since two officers were shot dead in their patrol car.

The totals suggest that a rumored work slowdown has taken hold.

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch insisted Tuesday that the union was not sanctioning a labor action. He says officers are putting themselves in danger, as usual, to keep the city safe.

But statistics show that last week the number of summonses for minor criminal offenses, traffic and parking violations decreased by more than 90 percent compared with the same week a year earlier.