NYPD Officers Are Warned That Parking Violation Crackdowns Are Coming

Of the nearly 9,000 NYPD placard abuse complaints documented, over half have resulted in no action taken against violators.


An internal New York Police Department (NYPD) email is warning officers not to use their police parking placards to park illegally.

Some NYPD officers use their placards as a free parking pass in areas where the rules clearly dictate the opposite. While parking in those areas would earn a civilian a ticket or a parking boot, placard abuse by the NYPD is pervasive enough that an entire Twitter account is dedicated to documenting violators. Tweets show NYPD officers parked in bicycle lanes, in bus lanes, and in fire hydrant zones in non-emergency situations.

The New York City Council has found nearly 9,000 placard abuse complaints since May 2017. More than 5,000 of those have resulted in no action taken against the violators. Fewer than 800 have led to a ticket.

In November, the council passed a set of bills aimed at combating placard abuse. Before this, parking violators got away with their actions because fellow officers frequently failed to enforce the law. When officers did try to apply the law equally, they sometimes faced retaliation—for example, when a traffic agent was suspended for a month without pay after ticketing the NYPD chief of transportation.

Enforcement of the new laws is supposed to begin today. The New York Daily News has acquired an internal NYPD email warning officers about the crackdown. "Guys please share with other officers [especially] if they are doing paid detail or live in the city. Looks like it's our time again to get beat up in the Papers," the email said.

The email cautioned that units have been tasked with identifying violators and documenting the offending officer's vehicle, plates, and placard for the New York City Department of Investigation. Any violator is supposed to receive not just a ticket for the parking violation but a ticket for misusing the placard.

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  1. I doubt much will happen. Being a cop means doing whatever you want. Laws do not apply to those who enforce them.

    1. It also means not ratting on your buddies/applying the law to your buddies. As the article notes, there was retaliation for those that tried to enforce the law against police pulling this shit.

      We can’t expect our heroes to have to park a couple of blocks away from their preferred donut shop. What do they look like, civilians?

      1. The local Walmart has reserved parking for cops. Do they use it? Of course not. They part in the fire lane or right on the cement walkway instead. The point is to flaunt their power. “I’d have your fucking car towed if you did what I do! Fuck you! I do what I want!”

      2. Maybe what we need are at least two police departments in every city, and bonus points for when they prosecute the competition.

  2. Newman is the scofflaw.

  3. Well, with less than 800 tickets issued for over 9,000 complaints, it is clear that citizens are just harassing the poor hard working cops.

  4. “Guys please share with other officers [especially] if they are doing paid detail or live in the city. Looks like it’s our time again to get beat up in the Papers

    What an asshole.

    1. Yeah, the problem isn’t being a tremendous asshole to everyone around you, the problem is when the newspaper points it out.

  5. New laws! They passed new laws! ow what was illegal is doubly illegal. Gosh. What was that definition of insanity?

  6. They found only 9000 violations in almost three years, with 36,000 cops and 10,000 cars? That’s hardly trying.

    I figure, conservatively, that each cop does this 3 times per week. Do the math: at least 14 million violations. That should keep the Enforcement Squad busy.

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