Today is my last day on the early shift. I start night work on Sunday afternoon, and I always make a habit of checking the personnel list on my last day. The personnel book is on my desk, and I took a gander.
One detective is on military leave, another is taking paid family leave – that’s actually a thing in our department now – two detectives are on vacation, and one was moved to the overnight shift. What does that mean? It means I will be working the front desk, and we will have two detectives on the floor handling jobs.
In the past few months, our squad went from fifteen detectives to eleven. Four in A Group, five in B Group, and two in C Group. I wanted to ask the sergeant how he could justify having so many people off, but I figured I wouldn’t receive an answer.
We are arguably the busiest division in the city, and because it’s a weekend, we do not have a shooting team, or the domestic teams. We average twenty to thirty jobs on every night shift, and I have to dole them out to the female (who is very good) and the male (who is not so good). I’ll take as many jobs as I can, but there is no way we can handle the volume of jobs we’re going to see Sunday and Monday.
My Lieutenant told me Wednesday that the department is hemorrhaging officers every day, and we’re losing detectives as well. The city refuses to hire more officers, and refuses to promote detectives. Most big blue cities deny they are defunding the police, and they can get away with that because they’re aren’t open about their policies -plus, there is a compliant, sycophant media to cover for them.
The fact of the matter is this city is making the job so unbearable that people are simply quitting, or signing up for early retirement. Philadelphia will easily pass the 500 homicide mark, and I shudder to think what this city looks like in a few years. This city is no longer a safe place to visit, because there are not enough police to protect the citizens.
Oh, by the way, I am the only detective here today, because the a-holes at the District Attorney’s Office subpoenaed every detective in my squad.