NYPD officers have been ordered not to congregate or stop to chat on city streets, NY1 reports. A new memo delineated changes to the department’s patrol guide and ordered officers not to congregate, or chat with other officers unless absolutely necessary. “This is absolutely unnecessary. It’s totally petty,” Ralph Cilento, a John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor and a retired NYPD Lieutenant Commander, told Fox5 New York, condemning the order. The memo comes after months of criticism from the public and Mayor Eric Adams’ office of officers perceived to be using their phones or otherwise distracted while patrolling, criticisms police unions have condemned.