Word on the street is that NYPD summonses are down almost 95% and arrests by two-thirds since officers Ramos and Liu were killed (and the PBA was vocal with their opinion).
Let's see what impact this has on crime. It would be interesting if the answer were zero. But since I believe police matter, I don't think this is good.
But what I don't get -- along with the immoral nature of telling cops not to do their job -- is that the best assurance for police officer safety is low crime. Right now so many police officers (and unions) want crime to go up. Many police would be happy to see the city go to hell just to stick it to liberals in general and De Blasio in particular. I don't like that. More crime means more hurt cops. And I'm not willing to accept that.
All that said, I'm a quit sympathetic to cops actually "following the rules." The public doesn't realize how absurd so many rules are. Pick up a copy of the Patrol Guide ("General Orders" in Baltimore), if you can (it's heavy). Rules are not there for effective policing or crime prevention, but rather to arbitrarily punish cops when the department wants to get you. Rules don't tell police what to do. They're just all the ways you can get in trouble if you piss off the wrong person.
It's not fair to expect and ask cops to violate the rules some of the time (and I'm talking about rules, not laws). I'm for anything that brings together formal and informal rules. So yes, inspect those cars as required. Fill out all the paperwork. Wait for supervising officers to sign God knows what. But for God's sake, answer your calls!