So yesterday a gaggle of bosses were congregating around my desk talking about the state of the department. I almost always ignore those conversations, because 1. it’s boring, and 2. there’s nothing we can do to fix this police force.
The conversation continues, and one of the bosses claims the city’s manpower is much worse than we were told. The department always claims we have a 6,000 member police department. No one believes that statistic, because it’s 100% false. Between officers who are injured on duty, posted to irrelevant “teat jobs,” and those under investigation, we’re actually looking at 5,000. At least that’s what I thought…
According to the bosses, the city is looking at a 4,500 person force in a year or so, and they believe we may be closer to 3,500-4,000. This for a city of two million people. There are now approximately one thousand officers – including myself – on the early retirement list. The city just opened a recruit class of… forty-eight people. There are no signs of a large recruit class anytime soon, and no one wants the job. Nor should they.
We’re also hearing the city will dumb down the qualifications, and start allowing people who previously used drugs to enter the academy. The bosses said 2022-23 will be a nightmare because manpower will be at its lowest levels in decades.
Now I have no doubt this will be the scenario, especially because the bosses who were talking all have time on the job, and are all good people. I can’t see them talking out their butt to raise eyebrows; plus, I’ve seen the retirement list. It’s huge.
The city wanted to defund the police, and when they decided to head in this direction they completely lost all the good cops. As of yesterday, we have earned 311 homicides, and July isn’t even over yet. Imagine what this place will look like a year from now.