Bill de Blasio’s Post-Eric Garner NYPD Training Is Expensive ‘Waste of Time’

AP/John Minchillo
AP/John Minchillo

A high-ranking New York Police Department official tells the New York Post that an expensive training program introduced by Mayor Bill de Blasio after the Eric Garner controversy has been “a big disappointment on the backs of the city because they’re paying for this course” to the tune of $35 million dollars for what many believe is a “waste of time.”

The new training program was “announced with much fanfare last year by Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton as they sought to heal the city and address critics who blamed takedown tactics for Garner’s death.”

But now the reviews are coming in, and they are far from good.

About 80 percent of cops retrained after Eric Garner’s death called the three-day Police Academy program a “waste of time,” and many fell asleep in their seats, says a high-ranking NYPD official.

That comes just a “day after The Post revealed that a goofball department bigwig wanted to arm officers with breath mints as part of sweeping reforms…”

De Blasio talked up the so-called “smart-policing program in December.” Now, at least in the eyes of the NYPD, it appears to be a colossal and expensive failure prompted by a desire to kowtow to anti-police sentiment in the wake of the Eric Garner case.

“The training that’s going to happen here in this building will change the future of this city,” he said “It will have not just an impact on thousands of people, it will have an impact on millions of people, because every interaction that every officer has with their fellow New Yorkers after they are trained again will be different.”

But the high-ranking source said the new regimen has been a bitter failure.

“Officers thought they were going to get some real hands-on, quality training on how to deal with a hostile prisoner or arrestee,” the source said. “They didn’t get that.”


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