We could be on the verge of a crisis in policing.
Fox News reports that the New York Police Department (NYPD) is witnessing a significant increase in the number of police officers retiring and resigning.
The NYPD is the largest police force in the United States at around 35,000 members, but, perhaps, not for much longer. It has just released some numbers that some are referring to as “troubling.”
One of those numbers is 2,385. This is the number of officers who have submitted retirement papers this year through October 6th. The corresponding number from 2019 was 1,274, meaning that 2,385 represents an 87 percent increase in retirements.
Another key number is 372. This is the number of officers who, once again through October 6th, have submitted resignation papers.
The question, of course, is what is driving this trend. Here’s what the NYPD has officially said about the retirement numbers:
The NYPD has seen a surge in the number of officers filing for retirement. While the decision to retire is a personal one and can be attributed to a range of factors, it is a troubling trend that we are closely monitoring.
Fox, however, also reports that “Union officials and others say the exodus is being fueled in part by pressure by racial justice advocates to defund police departments or impose major reforms.” You’d have to be naive to deny this.
Not just the NYPD
A recent report indicates that Seattle, too, is losing police officers at an alarming rate.
KTTH reports that “At least 118 Seattle police officers separated from the department. . . . In September alone, 39 officers left the force when the typical number for that month is between 5 and 7. Even new recruits are leaving.”
KTTH goes on to report that the city now only has 1,200 officers, a two-decade low. But the outlet reports that, “even this number is misleading. Many officers are using their accrued sick time as they begin their escape to other agencies or wait for retirement.”
Once again, it appears that the defund the police movement is largely responsible, as the majority of those 118 departures are said to have taken place after the Seattle City Council adopted the defund the police movement’s goals.
The general election is about as good a time as any to let law enforcement know that we stand with them, and we can do that by voting for President Donald Trump.