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Democrats Blasted As Thousands Of Cops Resign Amid Crime Wave: ‘Taking A Toll On Our Communities’

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) slammed Democrats in a statement on Sunday amid news that thousands of police officers have quit police departments nationwide as a crime wave rocks the country.

“New York City saw 2,600 officers retire in 2020 compared with 1,509 the year before,” The New York Times reported. “Resignations in Seattle increased to 123 from 34 and retirements to 96 from 43. Minneapolis, which had 912 uniformed officers in May 2019, is now down to 699. At the same time, many cities are contending with a rise in shootings and homicides.”

The crisis at police departments, which followed months of demonization by Democrats who called the police “cancer” and pushed for “no more policing,” comes as homicide rates increased 30% last year and have already increased 24 percent this year, The Times reported separately.

The Police Executive Research Forum released the following damning numbers from 194 law enforcement agencies this month that highlight the crisis in policing across the U. S. (emphasis added):

* HIRING: There was a 5% decrease in the hiring rate for the 2020-2021 period, compared to the previous year. America’s largest police agencies, those which have more than 500 officers, experienced a 36% decrease in the hiring rate for the 2020-2021 period, compared to the previous year. Law enforcement agencies that had 250-499 officers experienced a 29% decrease in the hiring rate for the 2020-2021 period, compared to the previous year.

* RESIGNATIONS: There was an 18% increase in the resignation rate for the 2020-2021 period, compared to the previous year.

* RETIREMENTS: There was a 45% increase in the retirement rate for the 2020-2021 period, compared to the previous year.

McCarthy responded to the latest news about the crises at police departments across America by telling The Daily Wire in a statement that the problem was a direct result of Democrats’ attacks on police.

“Over the past year, Democrats’ sustained movement to defund, dismantle, and demonize our cops is taking a toll on our communities,” McCarthy said. “It has manifested in the crime crisis our nation faces today, yet President Biden remains soft on crime and silent on Democrats’ radical policies.”

“Supporting the police and striving for safe communities should not be partisan objectives – they are shared values of the American people,” McCarthy added. “It’s troubling that Democrats continue to vilify the police at a time when they truly need our support.”

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The Police Executive Research Forum released some of the following comments from their survey about officer morale, recruiting and hiring, and resignations and retirements in police departments (Quotations are not attributed because respondents were promised anonymity):

* “Officers are depressed over the negative national narrative about the police. They also have pandemic fatigue.”

* “There is considerable concern by my officers over the future of policing. Their significant others are pressuring them to leave the profession. All of my resignations were leaving the profession completely, [not transferring to another department]. Also, there is not a hiring pool to replace these officers. The candidates are non-existent or very sub-par.”

* “We are fortunate to work in a community that still supports its police department. However, the negative climate surrounding law enforcement has definitely affected morale. Officers are researching other careers in preparation to retire once they complete their 20 years of service and are eligible for retirement. This is different from a few years ago, when officers were planning to stay 30 to 40 years with the department.”

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* “We have seen an approximate 40% reduction in applicant packets this last fiscal year. In addition, we are seeing fewer ‘above average’ candidates. The current rhetoric and negativity surrounding law enforcement is having a negative impact on the number and quality of applicants we recruit.”

* “Social media is a complex issue that we must all address and look into when hiring our applicants…. (Read more)

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