Top NYPD brass are making it easier for cops to take off for vacation — the department’s latest push to address officers’ mental health, The Post has learned.
“In order to address the mental health and morale, The Police Commissioner’s Office and the Deputy Commissioner of Labor Relations have decided it is best for MOS [members of service] to spend time with their families and be able to take off,” reads an email sent out to the force Thursday and obtained by The Post.
The move will eliminate blackout periods, such as the summer months and holidays, giving cops the ability to take off during popular travel times — often an issue among law enforcement.
A certain number of cops still must be on the job, but the precincts were told to reach out to headquarters if they need any help with scheduling.
The move comes as the NYPD deals with a spike in suicides and a push at the top to de-stigmatize officer mental health on the force.
The culture shift is still working out the kinks, though, as one officer recently found out after Internal Affairs tried to jam him up for speaking out to The Post about his embarrassing experience coming forward with mental illness.
Police Commissioner James O’Neill said Officer Jonathan Oliveras’ story was “unfortunate experience” and was unaware of Internal Affair’s going to his post.
“I’ll have to talk to Chief Reznick about that… that’s not what we are looking for,” O’Neill said.
“The message we want to send is the people in crisis or approaching crisis, people who challenge, people who need help need to come forward.”
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