It only took them one year and a summer full of riots, but blue city mayors are finally figuring out no one wants to be a police officer, and current police officers cannot wait to leave the job.
Following the “defund the police” movement and the “abolish the police” movement, constant negative coverage of law enforcement by the media, anti-police sentiment becoming mainstream, and the threat of riots have contributed to a police shortage across the country.
Hmm, I wonder why that is?
The Philadelphia Police Department currently has 268 vacancies and is expecting even more shortages in the near future.
“From Jan. 1 through Thursday, 79 Philadelphia officers have been accepted into the city’s Deferred Retirement Option Program, meaning they intend to retire within four years, according to Mayor Jim Kenney’s office,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. “During the same time period last year, just 13 officers had been accepted into the program, the office said.”
What the article doesn’t mention is Philadelphia has a hiring freeze until 2023. This was done to appease the F**k the Police crowd. Kenney knows full well why we’re understaffed, and the reason is looking at him in the mirror.
Neighboring New Jersey is facing a “recruiting crisis,” according to Pat Colligan, president of the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association.
Colligan said that recent notorious police-involved deaths of citizens such as George Floyd, Tamir Rice, and Breonna Taylor have impacted recruiting efforts.
Ya think? Blue cities and states are eliminating qualified immunity, politicians are not giving officers the equipment and support they need, and cops are more reviled than the thugs who walk the streets.
Personally, I hope everyone steers clear of policing, especially in blue states. These people hate you, and they will prove it if and when you make a mistake.