A 20-year embellished veteran of the NYPD celebrated Independence Day a bit early by retiring — and giving the division the finger.
Thomas J. Gambardella, 41, of Staten Island, posted a photograph on Facebook of himself flipping the chook at a memorial inside NYPD headquarters, whereas sporting a T-shirt studying “Let’s Go Brandon,” following his official retirement from the drive two weeks in the past.
“I’m formally retired right this moment!” he wrote in a put up on the time. “From this sorry excuse of a s–t job. Thank God, I’m free finally!… I beloved everybody I labored with and ‘some’ of the individuals I’ve labored for. But this job is nobody’s pal. Time to reside free. I’ll see you all on the market!”
Gambardella, who was most lately a detective sergeant, advised The Post on Saturday that he beloved his job when he began out — however the gig turned “s–t” because of the metropolis’s more and more soft-on-crime insurance policies.
“I used to be a real believer,” Gambardella, who comes from a police household, stated of his early years on the beat. “I wasn’t a bag of s–t. I labored some intricate particulars. I gave a variety of my blood, sweat and tears. But no extra.”
A mixture of more and more liberal insurance policies and what he stated was the NYPD’s stranglehold over each facet of his life led him to bitter on the job.
“It’s the worst f–king job on this planet,” Gambardella stated. “They personal you. They’re not your pals. All that speak concerning the ‘huge blue household.’ They don’t care. If I die tomorrow they wouldn’t give a sh-t. If I wanted one thing it ain’t gonna occur. I’m higher off simply saying a prayer.”
The potty-mouthed former officer stated he was disgusted by the elevated hostility towards police, calls to defund the NYPD and crackdowns on what cops might or couldn’t do.
“Crime is hovering and cops are leaving in droves,” Gambardella stated. “Anybody can see that. All this liberalism is clearly a failure. But that is what they wished. It’s a silly experiment and it’s the individuals who pays ultimately.”
Gambardella stated he has gotten some backlash to his posts and pictures, although not a lot.
The statue he took goal at depicts a police officer watching over the kid of a slain cop — and a number of other present and retired NYPD detectives stated they had been stung and angered by seeing the picture of Gambardella giving it the finger in One Police Plaza.
One retired detective stated that officers will usually purchase miniature variations of the statue with for households of slain cops with the hero’s protect quantity on it.
“I’ve a illness,” Gambardella stated. “It’s known as diarrhea of the mouth. People who know me know I’m like this. I don’t cower down.”
Gambardella, who’s divorced with three youngsters, stated cops had been handled effectively underneath Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former police commissioner Ray Kelly, and that the general public was higher off with them, too.
“The minute they stopped the standard of life enforcement that was the start of the tip,” he stated. “Just having individuals know they might get a response from a noise criticism was an enormous deal. But that’s all lengthy gone.”
Gambardella, who stated he was named Officer of the Year in 2006 when he labored within the 68th precinct in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, joined the drive in July 2002. He was most lately within the detective squad on the seventieth precinct in Kensington.
According to metropolis data, he made $164,000 final yr.
More than 2,119 NYPD officers have both resigned or retired up to now this yr – on tempo to be the most important exodus of officers for the reason that statistics have been obtainable.
Some 524 cops have resigned and 1,072 have retired as of May 31, NYPD pension stats obtained by The Post final month confirmed. In June alone, 523 officers left, with 400 retiring and 123 resigning, probably the most resignations in a single month in no less than a decade.
Of the two,119 who’re leaving, 1,472 are retiring and 647 are resigning, a 38% spike over the earlier document of 1,535 for the primary six months of 2020, the attrition numbers present.
Gambardella had 14 complaints lodged towards him, in keeping with data which present he was exonerated in 4 whereas six had been deemed “unsubstantiated” and one “unfounded.” None appeared to lead to disciplinary motion.
“The majority of officers who’re retire are happy with their careers and their service with the NYPD,” a high-ranking police supply advised The Post when requested about Gambardella.