Forget just ‘defunding the police’ – San Diego could lose hundreds of officers over city ‘mandate’

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SAN DIEGO, CA – According to reports, there is growing opposition within the San Diego Police Department over vaccine mandates, where some officers have proclaimed they’re willing to leave the police force if the policy remains in effect.

Many of our officers are concerned about the vaccination requirement for San Diego Police officers. While these officers are unable to openly express their views on the matter, hundreds have privately said that they are extremely against the COVID-19 vaccination requirement and that they are ready to quit the force if the policy is not changed.

To make things worse, under Todd Gloria’s leadership, the city of San Diego is witnessing a spike in violent crime, making this the worst possible moment to fire the individuals who protect and serve the community.

Giorgio Kirylo, a retired Marine, has talked with several of these current officers and was able to share their side of the story since they are unable to do it themselves.

According to the officers he’s talked with, the President of the San Diego Police Officers Association, Jack Schaeffer, isn’t standing up for officers who reject the vaccination requirement.

Per the SDPD officers spoken with, the SDPOA is indicating that they will take no action to protect or assist the police officers who would lose their jobs as a result of the vaccination requirement.

The news of opposition against the vaccine mandate by SDPD officers is exactly newfound, as a SDPOA survey administered back in September showed that nearly 90% of officers were against mandating the vaccine to retain employment with the department.  

A protest has been planned for October 22nd at 3:30 p.m. outside of San Diego City Hall to express the officers’ concerns. Kirylo anticipates a large turnout from the community to demonstrate their disapproval of Mayor Gloria and such mandates that could impact law enforcement.

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The concept of vaccine mandates causing issues within law enforcement agencies is not an issue isolated only to San Diego, as we at Law Enforcement Today have reported on several instances where these mandates are causing problems with first responders exploring new career options. 

Here’s our previous report from September where state troopers in Massachusetts were looking to leave the force over vaccination mandates. 

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‘Dozens’ of Massachusetts state troopers line up to quit over vaccine mandate after judge denies delay

(Originally published September 28th, 2021)

BOSTON, MA – “Dozens” of state troopers fed up with the governor’s vaccine mandate are filing paperwork to quit the force as a Superior Court judge has denied any delay in the mandate that kicks in Oct. 17.

A Superior Court judge late Thursday denied a request by the union representing 1,800 members of the state police to block the implementation of Gov. Charlie Baker’s vaccine mandate until details can be collectively bargained, a move the union says has prompted dozens of resignations.

Judge Jackie Cowin ruled that the State Police Association of Massachusetts (SPAM) had failed to show that the implementation of the mandate would either cause irreparable harm to its members or that a delay would serve the public interest.

“Suspending the deadline for union members to obtain full vaccination would be against the public interest which the defendants are charged with protecting, and cause more harm to the Commonwealth than is caused to the union by denial of such relief.”

The union filed its lawsuit seeking an injunction last Friday and held a hearing in front of Cowin on Wednesday.

SPAM President Michael Cherven said in a statement Friday night:

“To date, dozens of troopers have already submitted their resignation paperwork, some of whom plan to return to other departments offering reasonable alternatives such as mask wearing and regular testing.

The police union said it was “unfortunate” that alternatives were not offered:

“We are disappointed in the judge’s ruling; however, we respect her decision.

“It is unfortunate that the Governor and his team have chosen to mandate one of the most stringent vaccine mandates in the country with no reasonable alternatives.”

Gov. Charlie Baker ordered the vaccine mandate for all Executive Branch employees, including state police, on August 19. The mandate set an Oct. 17 deadline to be fully vaccinated.

Cherven said troopers have been on the front lines during the pandemic and should have been given consideration:

“Simply put, all we are asking for are the same basic accommodations that countless other departments have provided to their first responders, and to treat a COVID-related illness as a line-of-duty injury.”

The judge’s ruling leaves troopers with just days to decide whether to take the vaccine. Any officer who does not meet the deadline will be terminated.

Approximately 20% of Massachusetts State Police officers remain unvaccinated.

State police said that although some troopers may have begun the process for resignation or retirement, none had stepped down as of Friday because of the mandate:

“We will decline comment. No retirements occurred today because of the vaccine issue. There was only one retirement today, a Major (had nothing to do with the vaccine).

They may have submitted paperwork or indicated to the union that they plan to do so, but no retirement orders were cut today.”

SPAM said the mandate will lead to increased strain on an already understaffed law enforcement mission:

“The State Police are already critically short staffed and acknowledge this by the unprecedented moves to take officers from specialty units that investigate homicides, terrorism, computer crimes, arsons and human trafficking, to name just a few.”

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Already defunded Seattle Police facing losing nearly 300 cops – or more than 1/4 of their force – this month alone

(Originally published October 7th, 2021)

SEATTLE, WA – According to reports, the Seattle Police Department could lose as much as 27% of their sworn officers by mid-October due to the city’s mandate that state employees and healthcare workers be fully vaccinated by October 18th.

Back in August, Governor Jay Inslee announced a vaccination mandate that would require most state employees and healthcare workers to be fully vaccinated by October 18th.

Said mandate by Governor Inslee was also adopted in King County and the city of Seattle, which has set the stage for the current debacle regarding the potential loss of as many as 292 sworn officers for the Seattle Police Department.

In order for employees to be considered fully vaccinated by October 18th, those employees would’ve had to have received either their final dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine by October 4th.

According to an update from the Seattle Police Department as of October 6th, 292 sworn officers have yet to provide proof of their vaccination status.

While officers are able to apply for various exemptions regarding the vaccine mandate, be they religious or medical reasons, it’s unclear what percent – in any – are among those 292 officers that have yet to provide proof of their vaccination status.

Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz sent out a letter to staff on October 1st regarding the impending vaccination deadline, acknowledging that staffing issues could arise if the deadline isn’t met:

“I am asking anyone who has not submitted this information to please get it done. In preparation for the City Vaccination mandate, SPD has constructed various staffing plans for how we continue to ensure continuity of emergency and legally-mandated services. In order to have the least amount of disruptions to our personnel we need to know how many individuals are cleared, under city vaccination rules.

At the moment – we have to assume we have hundreds of unvaccinated individuals based on the information submitted. This could create a disruption to unit of assignments.”

Back in August, we at Law Enforcement Today reported on how lengthy police response times were in Seattle in the wake of concerning attrition numbers the Seattle Police Department experienced reportedly stemming from anti-police protests and riots throughout 2020.

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