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New Yorkers Have Thoughts About the NYPD Having a Dance Team Amid Budget Cuts to Schools, Libraries, and More




Social media can’t even handle the NYPD Dance Team right now.


via: Complex


On Thursday, seven members of the New York City Police Department appeared on local news station PIX 11 to introduce their dance team before showing off a routine to Flo Rida’s “Club Can’t Handle Me.”


It didn’t take long for the clip of their performance to go viral on social media where several people chimed in on the crime busters turned move busters.









“The goal of the team is to make sure we have a space [so we can] release our mental stress,” said team president Autumn-Rain Martinez to PIX 11. “We have a lot of things we see on the job from any kind of robbery or any kind of crime, so we have to have a space to decompress, and just have a space to relax and have fun.”


According to ABC 7, the NYPD Dance Team was formed in 2022 and practices two to three times a week for two to three hours, usually after a shift patrolling the streets.


“It could be the longest, hardest day at work. I come here, the girls are always smiling and it’s just nice,” said NYPD Dance Team Vice President Lauren Pagan to ABC 7’s CeFaan Kim.


The team, made up of experienced and inexperienced dancers alike, perform at police versus firefighters games, galas, and at schools to promote physical and mental health.


Per the New York Times, the dance team is among about four dozen competitive groups within the department that include a paint ball team, a rugby football club, and a pistol team.


Criticism for the dance team appears to stem from the city’s proposed budget. According to the NY Times, Mayor Eric Adams announced deep budget cuts in November that would have removed hundreds of millions from schools, libraries, the NYPD, and sanitation, according to ABC 7. Per the NY Times, Mayor Adams reversed many of the cuts this month, based on an improved financial outlook for the city.


With all the cuts happening in New York City right now, the NYPD doesn't need a dance team, especially after showcasing that weak ass choreography on national TV. If this is a way for people to relieve mental stress, they could actually start by putting money into mental health programs.


Average New Yorkers are stressed out from skyrocketing rent, groceries are expensive, and they recently raised the MTA fare while the trains are still running horribly.


Yet again, New York feels the problem is always solves by putting most of the city's budget behind the NYPD.

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