The Dallas Police Department has seen one hundred officers flee the force in the last two months. The local media is struggling to find an explanation.
Nearly 100 officers in the Dallas Police Department have quit or retired since October, according to multiple reports, worsening the department’s deficit of personnel.
Most of the 99 who left since Oct. 1 were some of Dallas’ most experienced officers, according to the incoming president of the Dallas Police Association.
The Morning News reported the department has a rising crime rate on top of troubled pension funds and low salaries compared to other cities.
Allow me to break this article down, “shotgun-style.” First of all, most police officers – at least the younger ones – seek out departments with high crime rates because they crave the action and feel they can make a difference. Second, no one becomes a police officer for the payday. Many big cities offer meager salaries – Philadelphia especially – and while the suburbs can often afford to pay more, they also have limited positions to fill.
Finally, and most importantly, the article makes no mention of what I believe to be the real reason for the personnel hemorrhage: the war on police officers. Five Dallas police officers were assassinated in July, Black Lives Matter provokes officers on a daily basis, and most politicians do not back the badge. That is why the cops are leaving. Full stop.
Hell, I’ve been on the job for twenty-two years, and I am more than ready to leave, especially in this political climate. If I could afford it, I would have retired already.