Problem: Police Officers Are Quitting In Mass

“Dallas police officers are leaving in mass numbers.  More than 40 quit this month.

One officer told WFAA that he “going to go to a city that respects officers…….I’m going to a city that will appreciate my skill set.””

http://lawofficer.com/2016/05/dallas-police-officers-are-leaving-in-mass/ .

“Baltimore saw steep fall in police numbers as murder rate soared”

“Shrinking budgets have pressured police recruitment in many U.S. cities…

…since Ferguson there has been a lot of negative press about policing…

The city ended 2015 with 2,634 sworn officers on its police force, down from 2,805 a year earlier, according to Police Department data. From January to June 9, the force shrank by a further 6.8 percent to 2,445 officers, according to city records.”

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/baltimore-saw-steep-fall-police-numbers-murder-rate-050511229.html

“Residents of Colorado town baffled after entire police force suddenly quits”

“If you find yourself in an emergency situation in Green Mountain Falls, Colo., don’t bother calling police.

In this scenic western hamlet, they no longer exist.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/04/24/residents-of-colorado-town-baffled-after-entire-police-force-suddenly-quits/

Wow, I just noticed something really important. This isn’t just a trend in America.

[U.K.] “more than 800 [police] quit…”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/657573/Police-crisis-800-quit-resign

Sweden: 8 out of 10 police officers considering quitting

http://speisa.com/modules/articles/index.php/item.2218/sweden-8-out-of-10-police-officers-considering-quitting.html

Record Number of El Salvador Police Quit as Violence Takes its Toll

http://www.insightcrime.org/news-briefs/el-salvador-police-quitting-amid-threats-violence

The problem here is the officers quitting are probably good ones. At this point I think police would benefit more by discussing their problems and or opinions publicly rather than quitting as the first option. The public can be of no help if they don’t know whats happening.

UPDATE: 12/14/16

“99 Dallas officers have quit or retired in last 10 weeks…”

“Town’s entire police force quits”

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