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QUEENS (PIX11) -- It was an attempt to narrow the divide between the Mayor and police, but after almost 2 1/2 hours of talking, the gap between them appeared just as wide.

They talked about a range of issues, from the police feeling betrayed by the mayor to his relationship with Rev. Al Sharpton and there was even talk about cops disrespect of the Mayor.

The heads of the city's five powerful police unions showed up for the summit at the new police academy in College Point, Queens.

The Mayor arrived at a back entrance, bypassing the media. There was hope that something positive would come out of the meeting, but it appears not much was accomplished.

The bad blood between de Blasio and police reached a boiling point over the weekend when police again turned their backs on him at the funeral of Rafael Ramos -- and some heckled him at Monday's police graduation.

According to sources close to the meeting, the union leaders had hoped for an apology from the mayor for creating what they feel was the climate of anti police sentiment.

There was no apology.

In an effort to bring about peace, the de Blasio's office called for the summit. Some of the union leaders at the meeting were skeptical anything would be accomplished.

Among the things discussed, a source said, was the mayors relationship with the rSharpton and police brass brought up the disrespectful behavior of officers who turned their back.

After a couple of hours of discussion, union leaders left the meeting almost as frustrated as they were going in.

PBA President Pat Lynch said, "There were a number of discussions, mainly dealing with the safety issues our officers face. There was no resolve. Actions are stronger than words, and time with tell."

A statement from the Mayor's office said simply "Today's meeting focused on building a productive dialogue and identifying ways to move forward together and finding ways to bring police and the community closer together."

The meeting came on the same day as a report that suggested police were engaged in a virtual work slowdown.

Low level policing took a nosedive in the week after the assassination of the two detectives. Statistics reveal overall arrests were down 66% last week, compared to the same period last year.

Citations for traffic violations fell by 94% from over 10,000 last year to 587 last week.

Drug arrests down 84% from 382 to 63.

Summonses for such offenses as public drinking and urination fell 94% from 4800 a year ago to just 300 a week ago.

Police sources deny that there is any coordinated police slowdown, while some cops attribute the drop off to concerns for their own safety.

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