The radical left has been staging a national anti-police movement for months, with the full backing of Democrats and the media.
The worst part is that it’s working.
Current police officers are retiring in droves and some communities are finding it extremely difficult to recruit new officers.
The Blaze reports:
Police shortage: Cops retiring in droves, ‘recruiting crisis,’ applications ‘historically low’
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.
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.”
“It’s the perfect storm. We are anticipating that the department is going to be understaffed by several hundred members, because hundreds of guys are either retiring or taking other jobs and leaving the department,” Mike Neilon, spokesperson for the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police, told the newspaper.
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.
None of this is happening by accident. It is completely intentional.
Wait, you mean when you treat the police as though they're criminals, nobody is willing to take on the sacrifice of becoming a police officer? Who could have predicted such a thing, aside from every rational human? https://t.co/fDp55dnhAK
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 27, 2021
Just wanted to let everyone know Baltimore City is down 700 police officers. 2 precincts will be closed due to shortage. It will be a deadly year.
RIP to all of the victims in advance.@MayorBMScott go ahead get your “If anyone knows who did this…” tweet in the drafts.
— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) April 21, 2021
What happens to poor communities when there are too few police? They suffer the most.