Democrats were slammed on Sunday as news broke that thousands of police officers have left their jobs nationwide during a dangerous crime wave plaguing the country.
Police officers have been attacked by the left who have sought to destroy conventional policing in America in favor of more radical solutions.
“New York City saw 2,600 officers retire in 2020 compared with 1,509 the year before,” The New York Times reported.
“Resignations in Seattle increased to 123 from 34 and retirements to 96 from 43. Minneapolis, which had 912 uniformed officers in May 2019, is now down to 699. At the same time, many cities are contending with a rise in shootings and homicides.”
The crisis at police departments, which followed months of demonization by Democrats who called the police “cancer” and pushed for “no more policing,” comes as homicide rates increased 30% last year and have already increased 24 percent this year, the Times reported separately.
The Police Executive Research Forum released the following damning numbers from 194 law enforcement agencies this month that highlight the crisis in policing across the U.S.:
“There was a 5% decrease in the hiring rate for the 2020-2021 period, compared to the previous year. America’s largest police agencies, those which have more than 500 officers, experienced a 36% decrease in the hiring rate for the 2020-2021 period, compared to the previous year.”
“Law enforcement agencies that had 250-499 officers experienced a 29% decrease in the hiring rate for the 2020-2021 period, compared to the previous year.”
“There was an 18% increase in the resignation rate for the 2020-2021 period, compared to the previous year.”
“There was a 45% increase in the retirement rate for the 2020-2021 period, compared to the previous year.”
House Minority Leader Republican Kevin McCarthy slammed Democrats in a statement on Sunday. He said that the problem was a direct result of Democrats’ attacks on police.
“Over the past year, Democrats’ sustained movement to defund, dismantle, and demonize our cops is taking a toll on our communities,” McCarthy said. “It has manifested in the crime crisis our nation faces today, yet President Biden remains soft on crime and silent on Democrats’ radical policies.”
“Supporting the police and striving for safe communities should not be partisan objectives – they are shared values of the American people,” McCarthy added. “It’s troubling that Democrats continue to vilify the police at a time when they truly need our support.”
The Police Executive Research Forum released some of the following comments from their survey about officer morale, recruiting and hiring, and resignations and retirements in police departments.
One officer stated, “Officers are depressed over the negative national narrative about the police. They also have pandemic fatigue.”
Another officer spoke about the struggles in both hiring and retaining officers in the current climate. “There is considerable concern by my officers over the future of policing. Their significant others are pressuring them to leave the profession. All of my resignations were leaving the profession completely, [not transferring to another department]. Also, there is not a hiring pool to replace these officers. The candidates are non-existent or very sub-par.”
Author: Dexter Simons