As Anti-Cop Rhetoric Dominates the Discussion, Police Departments Facing Disastrous Hiring Shortages


Amid the vitriol that’s been directed at police officers since the launch of the left’s “defund the police” campaign, the country is currently facing a shortage of cops that’s only likely to get worse. Although this news will make Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s heart leap, it’s a dangerous development for all of us, perhaps most of all for minorities. In the Philadelphia area, for instance, not only is the city’s police department “struggling with a shortage of police recruits and a surge in retirements,” according to a report Sunday in The Philadelphia Inquirer, but one suburban police chief told the newspaper, “People don’t want to be police anymore. It’s a good job, and good-paying job, but when you look at national news every day, people just don’t want to be officers.” In the city itself, one official told The Inquirer there are currently 268 vacancies and that number is expected to grow. Mike Neilon, a spokesman for the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police, described it as “the perfect storm.”

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