Police Retirements Skyrocket Amid Leftist 'Anti-Police' Push
'Police agencies are stretched thin, and violent crime is on the rise'
Police are finding it extremely difficult to recruit new officers as retirement from the force skyrockets in the wake of the far-left calls to defund the police and George Floyd protests.
America has seen a massive surge in crime across major cities amid calls for racial reckoning in policing, the Associated Press reported.
Chuck Wexler, the executive director for the Police Executive Research Forum, wrote:
“Fewer people are entering the profession, while more are leaving through retirements and resignations."
“Police agencies are stretched thin, and violent crime is on the rise.”
Police hiring slowed by 5 percent while retirements soared by 45 percent compared to the previous year, according to PERF research.
“It’s hard to recruit the very people who see police as an opposition,” said Lynda R. Williams, president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the Associated Press reported.
New York and Philadelphia both see notable difficulty recruiting compared to American suburbs.
Neon Nettle reported last year that officers in the New York City Police Department were filing for retirement at such a rapid rate that the department has placed limits on it.
In June last year, almost 300 officers filed for retirement amid the soaring crime rate in the city, according to figures released to the New York Post.
According to the Associated Press, departments spend more time praying on officer candidates’ social media accounts, looking for potential biases rather than battling record-high crime rates.
Meanwhile, both New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles saw an increase in murder rates in 2020, according to data collected by the Philadelphia Tribune.
New York saw a rise in murders in 2020, an increase some experts pinned on the defunding movement.
The leftist calls for police reckoning have since pushed lawmakers to cut budgets and reform policing.
“Days of old, you wanted someone who actually had the strength to be more physical,” Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant said, as reported by the Associated Press.
“Today’s police officers, that’s not what we’re looking for. We’re looking for someone who can actually relate to the community but also think like the community thinks.”
It’s creating “a crisis on the horizon for police chiefs when they look at the resources they need, especially during a period when we’re seeing an increase in murders and shootings,” Wexler said, the Associated Press reported.
“It’s a wake-up call.”
In May, the Seattle Police Department lost almost 20 percent of its force over the past year due to an anti-police attitude emanating from the "defund the police" movement.