Updated: Sep 5, 2021
Crime continues to rise in major cities across America as the movement to defund police comes crawling to a slower but steady pace
Several Police Departments are severely understaffed with many officers continuing to walk away from the profession. When asked what is causing this mass exodus, many officers replied with "low Morale" "Lack of support' and "lack of leadership". With many officers leaving the job for other ventures and crime continuing to spiral upward it begs the question, Where does that leave us?
Well to be short, no one really knows. There hasn't been any real acknowledgement from leaders that defunding the police severely backfired and in the end, caused the nation more lives, and while many cities are electing to refund their departments, it does fix the damage that was already done.
Applications to the Philadelphia Police Department and to New Jersey's state police force have dropped to historic lows, due to what one police union spokesperson says is "the perfect storm" of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, widespread protests against cops, and calls to defund police altogether.
"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, Lodge #5, told The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Inquirer notes that, although the Philadelphia Police Department is budgeted for 6,380 officers, it currently employs only 6,112, leaving well over 200 vacancies. Amidst, the Anti-Police movement, crime has risen triple digits in some cities. We saw numbers as large as 800%. Along with the recent pullout of Afghanistan, This has left many Americans wondering. Is this really a better America?