America Has A Police Shortage

Congratulations Democrats, mainstream media, and sports figures – but I repeat myself – you successfully orchestrated enough hatred that we have the fewest police officers since 1995.

There are now fewer police officers per person in the United States than at any point in the last 25 years, recently released federal data show, after over a decade of decline.

For those of you new to this blog, I have some bad – or good, depending upon your outlook – news for you: these numbers are going to plummet even further.

There were roughly 214 police officers per 100,000 Americans in 2019, according to the latest figures from the Census Bureau’s Annual Survey of Public Employment and Payroll, which tracks employment across state and local governments. That represents a 1.5 percent decline from 2018 and a 9 percent drop from 2007, when police numbers last peaked.

To give you an idea of how far left the Democrats have gone, Bill Clinton’s 1994 Crime Bill added 100,000 police officers for many big cities. What are the chances of seeing that today?

Since that year, the number of sworn officers has declined precipitously, thanks in part to the Great Recession’s effects on police budgets and in part to growing hostility to law enforcement in the years since mass protests in Ferguson, Mo. Recent events, including a wave of retirements and the cancellations of recruitment classes amid public outcry and COVID-driven budget crunches, suggest that the trend will persist through 2020.

Cause and effect. Yes the Bush-Obama Great Recession did plenty of damage, but the hostility toward police – particularly during King Putt’s administration – had many of us questioning if the job was even worth it anymore. Ironically, the Obama era was a picnic compared to what we’re dealing with now, and people like me who have enough time in to retire, are deciding to pull up stakes and get the hell out.

The public fixation on police has, in fact, come at a time of general belt-tightening, driven by the coronavirus. Census Bureau data show that police account for roughly 7 percent of all payroll spending, while national data suggest they consistently account for between 4 and 5 percent of all state and local spending.

Big cities like Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, and Portland are already planning alternatives to police, and if Biden becomes president, that pattern will continue in cities across the country. Things will get out off control sooner rather than later, and police departments will either not have enough personnel to handle the situation, or the officers won’t care enough to risk their lives for politicians who are trying to eliminate them.

My honest suggestion? Buy guns, buy ammo.

14 thoughts on “America Has A Police Shortage

  1. And the politicians who are causing the decline are the same ones who want to disarm law abiding citizens and release the criminals from jail. And they are the same politicians who pass laws and ordinances that are used to finance the government through fines. The people who pay the fines? Usually the inner city residents. The resentment toward these fines is directed against the police who have to enforce the laws and ordinances, not against the politicians who pass the laws and ordinances.

    A perpetual cycle, as the inner city residents always vote to re-elect the politicians who pass those laws and ordinances.


  2. Even though we live in a quiet suburb of Pgh, I’ve still been investing in blued steel. Not that I didn’t have enough already, but I’ve been training a couple nice ladies that I used to work with to shoot handguns. Started out with .22 single action, which they really liked, but one day I brought my Walther PPK in .380 ACP for me to practice with since I hadn’t shot it in about a decade. They asked if they could try it and fell in love with it. After that it’s all they wanted to shoot. They both decided that they wanted something like that for themselves, so I kept an eye on the Gunbroker auctions for good deals. Ended up picking up a pair of Bersa Thunders for them to buy from me whenever I decide that they are proficient and safety conscious enough to have their own. The bad thing is that they are burning through my ammo like Sherman through Atlanta. The good thing is that I have enough reloading components in stock to supply a small insurrection. Another plus is that while looking to arm them I spied a couple more beauties for myself. A never issued FEG APK-9 from the South African Police Service and a very nice civilian, Beretta M85 BB with wood grips, two mags and a leather holster. Looks to be hardly ever fired. Yeah, a lot of people say that the .380 ACP is a poodle gun, but with the proper loads and good shot placement they are nothing to sneeze at. Besides, if I need something more heavy duty I can always break out the 10mm Auto, the .44 mag or the .45 ACP…………


  3. Mounted a couple extra security/motion detector lamps around the perimeter today.

    Remember: security is layers. Lighting. Landscaping. Fences. Dead bolts. Dogs. Alarms. Situational awareness. Safe rooms.
    Have a gun and know how to use it. But if it is your only level of security, you may not be able to utilize it in time.
    Keep a padlock on your breaker box. Thieves popping the main breaker on your box is a good way to see if anybody’s home. Or to plunge you into darkness, disorient you and make it harder for you to resist.
    Wrap a tie wrap around the handle on your garage door opener for when the power’s off. You can still break it with a good straight down pull, but without it, some thieves can fish a long wire over the top crack in the door and pop it easily from the outside.

    Take a bite out of crime!


    1. Mike,
      I read your blog every day as I do Wyatt’s. How is it that I never connected you with the Proof Positive blog after seeing you here in the comments section all the time? Your blog posts even have “Posted by Mike AKA Proof” at the end of each one. I must have been having a Biden moment for the last few years………………

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  4. RG – I mean, I kid about this because I’m sure some sort of policing will remain, but it’s never going back to how it used to be. The Democrats have seen to that.

    TX Nick – It’s why I think the president is in trouble. I think there are more people who want anarchy than those who want security. It’s also why I’m fleeing the city in four years. Now I just need to find a solid red state to plant my roots.

    Tam – My neighbor wants to sell me his AR-15 and he has a Hi-Point 9mm carbine which I absolutely love. I can go to the department’s pistol range to shoot, and they give my two boxes of ammo to do so.

    Mike AKA Proof – We have three handguns in the house. My service weapon, an S&W 38-special, and a 1911. I have boxes and boxes of 45 ACP that I could hold out for months. I also fly the Thin Blue Line flag regularly. Everyone on the block knows I’m a cop, and I have a very short fuse.

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      1. I’m with you on the diversity thing. I’m looking forward to a soon to happen visit to my son. He moved and found that his new neighbor is president of the local range and also has some super class FFL that allows him to have many fun toys. Maybe we can go to the range while I am there. I look forward to meeting his neighbor too.


  5. There might have been as bad, but I doubt there’s ever been a worse political class.
    They’ve been denying reality for so long they think their substituted ‘reality’ is the real thing.
    The people who’ve voted for them are gonna get it good and hard, and the rest of us too.
    Next month’s gonna be interesting.


  6. Veeshir – Yes, it is. Too many leftists and politicians think Twitter is real life, and their echo chamber is shared by the bulk of the populace. They’re severely mistaken. People in L.A., Seattle, Portland, NYC, etc. don’t want this, and they never voted for it.


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