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Amid the defund the police movement, Chicago police officers are retiting in record numbers, while many are leaving the big city department for smaller ones.
An ex-officer spoke about their decision to leave the Chicago police department on the condition of anonymity, reported CBS . The former officer said, “I think that you have to take care of yourself first. I was frustrated with the work schedule and being put in unexpected situations,” adding his cohort is underpaid for the role.
Serving eight years at the Chicago Police Department (CPD), he knows of at least 10 others who’ve done the same in the past year.
Among the contributing factors for the declining include self-preservation, forced overtime and canceled days off, along with plummeting CPD ranks.
The large number of retirements has sparked a policing crisis in Chicago, according to Alderman Anthony Beale. “People don’t want to be the police. The police don’t want to be the police,” said Beale.
City Budget Director Susie Park said to expect 908 officer vaccines by 2022, but Beale said that number is higher. “People fail to realize last year we wiped 614 vacancies out of last year’s budget, and when we talk about that we’re down 1,000 officers, we’re actually down 1,600 officers.
The Chicago alderman contends the city’s policing shortage isn’t solely because officers are leaving or retiring, but that even if the city wanted to fill all its current officer vacancies, it couldn’t.
Police Supt. David Brown said about 5,000 people applied to Chicago’s police academy in 2021, compared to about 30,000 in previous years.
“By the time you get people to take the test, pass the test, go through the background check, and get in the academy, by then we’re into 2023 going into 2024,” said Beale, who believes there are less than 100 cadets in the academy.The alderman said hiring goes hand-in-hand with initiatives to help combat root causes of violence, as major cities experience higher rates of violent crime, leading law enforcement to conclude the factors are related.”I knew I was going to be put in worse working situations and conditions from there on because they […]
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