NYPD cops reportedly furious over being given fewer ‘get out of jail free’ cards to hand out to friends

NYPD officers at the scene of an early-morning shooting near Penn Station in the New York City borough of Manhattan.

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NYPD officers at the scene of an early-morning shooting near Penn Station in the New York City borough of Manhattan.
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  • New York City police officers are given cards to help people out of minor infractions.
  • Officers are reportedly not happy about a cut in the number distributed.

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the largest labor union representing NYPD cops, has slashed the number of “get out of jail free” cards it hands out to 20 from 30 for current cops and to 10 from 20 for retired police officers, the New York Post reports.

The cards are reportedly given to police officers, who distribute them among friends or family – or sell them on eBay. Holders can present them to the police in hopes getting out of minor infractions and avoiding legal trouble.

Current and former NYPD members are reportedly furious about the change.

“They are treating active members like s—, and retired members even worse than s—,” a retired NYPD cop told the Post. “All the cops I spoke to were … very disappointed they couldn’t hand them out as Christmas gifts.”