In the midst of a historic wave of violence in Chicago, the city is suffering an unprecedented exodus of police officers, considerably reducing the number of officers available to meet the growing demand for security. According to police reports, there are at least 10 gang members for every police officer in the city.
At the national level, there is pressure from leftist groups to withdraw funds from police departments. At the same time, there is evidence of a considerable increase in crime in major cities, among which Chicago is one of the most affected.
In this context, the number of Chicago city police officers retiring so far in 2021 already surpassed all retirements in 2018 and is on track to be the highest number in the department’s history, Fox News assures.
As reported in the latest figures from the police pension board, it indicates that, from January to June 2021, 363 officers left the Chicago Police Department, and at least 56 more are expected to retire in July.
“We are on track, I believe, to have one of the highest retirement numbers in the city’s history,” said Ald. Ray Lopez.
The department, which has approximately 13,000 sworn officers, had 560 retirements in all of 2020, 475 in 2019 and 339 in 2018.
As reported by Lopez to local media, the police department has not made sufficient efforts to increase the recruitment of new officers to offset the increase in retirements. The police department’s passive actions are in response to policies imposed by Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who has successfully demoralized officers and scared away potential recruits with strong anti-police rhetoric.
“Many of our officers are not choosing to leave law enforcement as a profession but are retiring early to go to other departments because they don’t feel appreciated and respected in their home city of Chicago,” the alderman said.
President Joe Biden met Monday at the White House with city leaders, including Eric Adams, one of the possible candidates to be the next mayor of New York City, to address the rise in shootings.
Biden pledged to support on-the-ground efforts to combat crime but did not announce any kind of concrete plan of action to deliver on his promise.
After the meeting, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown tweeted, “We need a sense of urgency right now so we can save lives and serious consequences for those driving gun violence in our cities.”
The problem that Chicago is experiencing today regarding the increase of retirements in the security forces that fail to be replaced by new personnel is a phenomenon that is also being transferred to other large cities in the United States, as is the case of New York.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that in New York, 2,500 police officers retired last year, almost twice as many as in 2019, in a department with about 34,500 uniformed officers.
Federal statistics show significant increases in murder rates across the country. However, crime spikes are concentrated in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. Interestingly, all those cities are governed by Democrats who pursue strong leftist policies that promote police defunding, early release of criminals, and legalization of drug use.