It only took them a little more than a year, but the brilliant “reporters” at NPR finally realized there is a serious staffing problem in the nation’s police departments.
The historic calls for police accountability, reform and attempts at racial reckoning have left police departments nationwide struggling to keep the officers they have and attract new ones to the force.
Whose fault is that? Oh yeah, it’s leftists like the people at NPR. You clowns ARE the problem.
In many places, police morale has plunged and retirements and resignations have soared. A June survey of nearly 200 departments by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a nonprofit think tank, shows a startling 45% increase in the retirement rate and a nearly 20% increase in resignations in 2020-21 compared to the previous year.
A supervisor from the other squad said he saw the amount or retirements and the lack of academy classes, and apparently, 2024-25 will look like Mad Max. Most officers who are retiring have a lot of time on the job, and the only ones left will be the clueless rookies I write about.
The exodus is affecting departments large, small and in between. The research group’s survey shows that in the largest departments with 500 hundred or more officers, the retirement rate increased by nearly 30%. Overall, new police hiring has dropped 5%.
Who in their right mind would decide to become a police officer in this climate? No one wants the job, and those who have the job are looking for a way out.
And the timing of these staffing problems couldn’t be worse: multiple cities are seeing startling increases in shootings and murders just as more areas start to return to a sense of normalcy following 15 months of pandemic-induced disruptions. Large cities have seen a 24% spike in killings so far this year, following a more than 30% rise in homicides last year. Overall crime figures, however, went down during the pandemic.
I would be lying if I said I cared. I don’t. Every one of these cities made their decision. They did not choose wisely, so I decided not to care. I’ll continue to go to work and do my job, but if the city thinks I will go above and beyond, they are out of their damned minds. The city turned its back on us, so i have zero problem reciprocating.