Some police are willing to stick it out. They have their reasons, among them that they believe in helping people. They wouldn’t want to see their neighbor hurt or killed over an accident or something deliberate. Then there are those who can’t tolerate not being able to do their jobs. When the President of the United States handcuffs the police force, what can you do? Many have left, many will follow.
The police can be in life threatening situations
Almost a quarter, or 24%, of police forces across the United States in major cities and several departments have resigned. This is the highest it has been between this year and last.
The Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund or LELDF tracked the departures between June 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021 at 18%. Resignations were at 24%, police retirement was at 14%.
The Defund movement
This started with George Floyd and the nationwide rioting. All cops are bad, completely remove an area’s law enforcement department. Put social workers in their place.
“In the wake of the anti-police movement and Floyd protests, cops – unwanted and unappreciated by their political leaders – officers are running for the exits. Resignations and retirements at the largest police agencies in the United States are skyrocketing while recruitment is tanking,” LELDF President Jason Johnson noted.
Resources being cut
Several cities checked in on this study. LAPD Chief Bill Bratton spoke of policies designed to shackle, “I wouldn’t take [a job as a police chief]. The ability to succeed in this climate … the progressive district attorneys’ policies just aren’t going to work.” Washington, DC Chief Robert Contee spoke of lack of resources. “This is something that we’ve been warning about for years. We don’t really have the ability to hire officers right now. We have a defined amount of resources to deal with a very large city that continues to grow.”
Austin, Texas was included. Kevin Lawrence is the executive director of the Texas Municipal Police Association. “When [police] get there, they then likely have to wait for back-up. They don’t have the resources they need to actually address whatever the situation is.” In addition to current restraints including the DOJ, Joe Biden wants court appointed monitors to oversee departments.