It doesn’t look great when an officer says ‘coffee’ is the number one factor for good morale…

 

It’s not a secret that recruitment and retention is one of the number one issues plaguing the world of law enforcement.

So when a news station in Seattle released unredacted statements from officer exit interviews over the last year… it’s no wonder that some of them had some pretty damning statements.

Seattle Police Department

Seattle PD’s exit interviews show some key insight into why officers are leaving the department. (Matthew Zalewski)

“City council sucks”

“Everyone seems unhappy”

“Non-supportive city government”

These are just a few of the critical statements that came up when the officers in question quit their job on the force.

What stood out the most was failing government policies and lack of support from citizens. So much legislation has been passed in recent years that either hits the ‘undo’ button on LEO work, or stifles their ability to do their jobs well. 

“Officers are feeling that they are nothing more than a political punching bag”

But on a more positive note, most officers said that leadership within the departments was not one of the reasons that they left. In fact, most said that if factors surrounding the government were to improve, they would consider returning to Seattle PD.

That being said, it’s clear that in Seattle, as well as a number of other states around the country, could bolster their law enforcement force… “if the city can right itself.”

Seattle needs to change if they want to recharge their police force. (Flickr)

 

“Officers are feeling that they are nothing more than a political punching bag,” said one officer in his departing interview. “They are the sacrificial lambs on the alter of so called Police Reform.”

This is no position to put our community protectors in. There is far too much hate from the public and knee-jerk legislation from the government. 

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“It is hard sometimes to stay positive when some days it feels like some people of Seattle don’t want you there,” said an officer who left SPD.

“Our own City Council calls officers ‘murders’ [sic] without listening to all the facts.”

Why would anyone want to become a cop if they know they’ll face day after day of judgment, pain, and danger?

How can we continue to ask young men and women to step up and defend our country if they are being targeted and attacked on a routine basis?

How many brothers and sisters do we have to lose in the line of duty before our politicians start supporting the blue?

“We are human doing the best job we can. It seems like we are no longer afforded any benefit of the doubt.”

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