Retiring Officer: Portland Police Bureau Is Like The Titanic
Police Departments everywhere took a big hit last year due to the foolish "Defund the Police" movement. Liberal leaders jumped on the bandwagon trying to appear "woke," abandoning their constituents with their budget cuts to the police. Many cities have learned their lesson and refunded the police again. But Portland, Oregon's Leadership has failed to understand why crime rates have skyrocketed and police are retiring/resigning at record rates. The resigning/retiring officers are letting the city know just how wrong they are as they leave.
"Filling out the exit interview forms is voluntary. About a quarter of those who left in the last year chose to do so.
Nearly all who did said they were dissatisfied with the bureau’s ability to respond to problems and said they wouldn’t recommend their jobs to family or friends."
"In 31 exit interview statements, the employees who turned in their badges or retired were brutally frank about their reasons for getting out.
“The community shows zero support. The city council are raging idiots, in addition to being stupid. Additionally, the mayor and council ignore actual facts on crime and policing in favor of radical leftist and anarchists fantasy. What’s worse is ppb command (lt. and above) is arrogantly incompetent and cowardly,” one retiring detective wrote.
“The only differences between the Titanic and PPB?” he continued. “Deck chairs and a band.”
"Some of the police who are leaving said they’ve found little to no support from City Hall. One training officer who retired in January also said officers are “de-policing due to fear of being accused of excessive force.”
“What the city council has done to beat down the officers’ willingness to do police work is unfathomable,” he wrote. “I have never seen morale so low. Officers leaving mid-career and sometimes sooner to go to other agencies. Officers retiring when they would have stayed longer if the situation were different.”
"Since July 1, 115 officers have left the Police Bureau, including 74 who retired and 41 who resigned. Two more will resign by the end of this month and one more is retiring. They make up one of the biggest waves of departures in recent memory."
"Portland, Oregon’s, homicide rate soared a staggering 1,900% in 2021, with 20 killings, compared with one during the first three months of 2020. The city carved $16 million, or 7%, out of its police budget last year."
This should never have happened in the first place. Oregon leaders abandoned the police when they cut their budget. They were agreeing with the rioters that the police were the problem instead of standing by them. We need the police as a deterrent to crime. It is clear to see how necessary they are as the crime rates have skyrocketed, but somehow in Oregon, they have yet to put 2 and 2 together. Constituents should see this as a sign that they need to pick new leaders.