The union that represents the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department has announced that it has suffered major losses in terms of staff.
According to the announcement 313 officers have left the force within the last year. This has been an extremely common trend in big cities following the George Floyd Riots.
The D.C. Police Union’s press release said one of the most disturbing aspects about the mass exodus of officers is almost half, 49 percent, “have just turned in their badge and walked away. The total strength of the rank-and-file is less than 3,300, the lowest number in decades.”
The Union says one of the main reasons for officers leaving the department stems from the D.C. City Council passing emergency police reform legislation last year following the murder of George Floyd by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. At the time the police union said their officers were overwhelmingly opposed to the legislation and warned crime was going to rise as a result of the reforms.
— Lindsay Watts (@LindsayAWatts) May 3, 2021
“Many of our members have voiced that that Bill eliminates collective bargaining rights for employees, it makes it exceedingly more difficult to charge a suspect with assaulting a police officer, it changes body worn camera policy in such a way that is can no longer be used as an evidence collection tool, and it changes the language in use of force policy in the most utterly confusing way that even the Councilmembers could not figure out the intent or the impact of the language,” the Union’s June statement said, according to Fox 5.
As officers in the city leave the force the crime rate has gone up and many are unsure about what D.C. will look like in the future.