The NYPD provides a number of work and health-related services and a range of information, including information about the necessary steps uniformed officers must take prior to retirement.
Mental Health Resources for Members of the department and their Families
There are a number of resources available to all members of the department, both uniformed and civilian, and to their families as well, to help reduce stress, deal with trauma, and prevent suicide.
9/11 Resources for NYPD Members of the Service and their Families
Members of the Service who might have been exposed to toxins while working around the World Trade Center site following the 9/11 attack are encouraged to take part in an annual screening that is available through the department's Medical Division.
Employee Assistance Unit is staffed by both uniform and civilian peer counselors who can provide department members with the necessary assistance in a time of need. Staff members have extensive training in a variety of employee assistance matters, enabling them to handle basic issues and complex problems, whether work-related or of a personal nature. Learn more about the services provided by the Employee Assistance Unit or call 646-610-6730. Confidential counseling is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Employee Relations Section addresses the hardships and grievances of the members of the department and assists them in resolving these issues. NYPD staff members are always ready to assist and can be reached at 646-610-5434.
The Military and Extended Leave Desk (MELD) is tasked with approving, processing, and monitoring leaves of absence for uniform and civilian members of the department, in excess of thirty (30) consecutive days, including military, education, childcare, Family Medical Leave Act, hardship, other city agency, union, civilian sick and worker's compensation leaves. The Military and Extended Leave Desk may be contacted at (646) 610-5513 or via email at email@example.com. Current NYPD employees can access the MELD website to obtain additional information regarding various types of leave and leave criteria.
Uniformed officers' decisions to retire from the NYPD can often be difficult, especially after the officers have devoted years of service and commitment to the community. The department has prepared a checklist to make the process smoother, which is briefly described below.
For additional details on the necessary steps to return to civilian life, please refer to the NYPD Patrol Guide, Procedure Number 205-42.