Seattle PD Chief Calls Out Anti-Police City Leaders For Mass Exodus Of Officers

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said that she will continue to stand up for the men and women of her department.

Seattle, WA – Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said she has no regrets about publicizing her concerns regarding the city council’s lack of support for the local police force.

Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers have been resigning in droves, and many of the officers who have left said that attitudes and policies adopted by the council were what caused them to leave, KCPQ reported.

“I’m their biggest champion, and I will always be their biggest champion because I know how tough the work is,” Chief Best said during a recent speech at the U.S. Coast Guard base in Seattle.

Chief Best spoke out about city leaders’ lack of support for law enforcement during an interview in July, KCPQ reported.

“We need them to stand up for the work that the officers…have been doing in this organization,” she said at the time. “We’re losing good people, and we know its because they feel like they aren’t supported by public officials.”

Dozens of exit interviews from officers who have left SPD showed the devastating affect that the lack of support has had on their morale.

“Criminals are more empowered than people that protect the city,” one officer wrote.

Another officer blamed “city politics and biased media” for their decision to leave the department.

“It is extremely frustrating to constantly hear nothing but attacks and second-guessing from Seattle council members who frequently make accusations based on their own biases and with no regard to fact,” another officer said during the exit interview.

But Seattle City Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez blew off the content of the interviews, and said they only were a reflection of a beliefs of “a very small percentage” of the department.

“Approximately 72 if I remember correctly,” Gonzalez told reporters dismissively.

“Seventy-two is a lot of people,” Chief Best later told KCPQ. “I mean, we have a department with 1360-some members. I hope we never have to look at 1300 exit interviews, or we wouldn’t have a police department, right?”

“So, 72 is a significant number of people leaving our organization,” the chief reiterated. “So far this year, 30 of them have resigned to go work at other places.”

Chief Best told KCPQ that her comments about the lack of support for officers was directed at the entire city council.

“I don’t know how you can say you support public safety – support safety in this city – and not recognize that you have a responsibility to help the men and women of this department want to stay here and work,” she argued.

Chief Best said that she hopes city leaders and citizens will take a step back and try to look at the situation from the officers’ perspectives.

“I think people need to recognize how very difficult this work is,” she told KCPQ. “They are on the front lines of all of this that’s happening in the city, and its not an easy job.”

“And, by the way, they’re wearing a bullet-proof vest,” she added, emphasizing the dangers officers face. “This isn’t an easy job for anybody, and we should be supporting them.”

Some critics have alleged that the SPD’s exodus is due to officers not wanting to deal with the city’s additional reviews and their focus on officer accountability during an era of police reform measures.

Chief Best said that such accusations are not supported by the information contained in the exit interviews.

“There’s no reason for them to sugarcoat anything they’re saying,” she noted. “They’ve already resigned!”

Chief Best said she has no regrets about speaking out against the city council’s treatment of the police force, and that she was simply speaking the truth about the reasons why officers said they have chosen to leave the SPD.

“Look, it needed to be done,” she told KCPQ. “Any leader that’s any kind of leader is going to step for the men and women of their organization who are working really hard every single day.”

Comments (31)
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Gridiron
Gridiron

It's nice to see a police chief calling out the politicians who hate cops.

JBo
JBo

I do believe this might be a chief that cares about her officers first...politics later. Refreshing!

redpill
redpill

Like to see what Seattle would look like with 1,300 cops suddenly coming down with Blue Flu for a week.

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Liberals destroy every place they run. Too bad because places like Seattle Portland and San Fransisco are in such scenic areas.

amlee
amlee

When has she stood up for her officers? She hand in hand with the WORTHLESS mayor. I'm sure Mr. Shepard would disagree!

Patriot1midwestern
Patriot1midwestern

Democrats hate law enforcement..... No denying it. Why anyone who wants peace in our nation would vote dem is beyond me....

Janken
Janken

Cops should take a week off then the real people will start helping our police force

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

LEO today put up with way too much crap from cupcakes, ghetto rats and corrupt politicians. There are other great jobs out there. "Just Walk Away"

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

She serves at the pleasure of the mayor and city council. She didnt have to call these bitches out. But she did. And SHE didnt sugarcoat shit! She called these pansies right out! #comeAtMeBro #LiberalMenSitDownToPee

LEO0301
LEO0301

If the council believes that only a small percentage feel that way why not allow ALL of the SPD have the opportunity to critique their jobs anonymously. Why wait for the exit interview.! Do it now and I am certain the council won't like what they hear. Oh, and please allow the media access to the findings.

RPG156
RPG156

Bureaucrats never understand the lessons of history. One such lesson; You always reap what you sow.

attica22687retired
attica22687retired

LETS PLACE THE BLAME SQUARELY WHERE IT BELONGS.....ON OBAMA

Cahrayzhee
Cahrayzhee

I give props to Chief Best for calling them out. In today’s world things like that could cost you your position but that is what a leader does. She’s standing up for those under her and that deserves respect.

I don’t understand how people can easily forget and blame those who risk their lives to keep people safe. These people risk their lives for strangers, a lot of which are ungrateful for their efforts. Officers deserve respect and support of everyone. Not just cops but every law enforcement officer out there.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Only 72, come on brothers and sisters in Seattle, plenty of places out there for good cops to work, let’s get those resignation numbers up...let it burn!!

CrybabyDemoLibTard
CrybabyDemoLibTard

Chief, you may be speaking up now but how long did it take you to speak up? Everyone across the country has known for some time that Seattle, Portland, and cities along the west coast support criminals more than their first responders. “Let them eat cake”. Soon there will be the “Have’s and Have-nots” and I’m sure they want to be the Have’s! Doesn’t anyone see it? Open your eyes people!!!

NoBackupNearby
NoBackupNearby

It's always good to be able to identify those council members who demonstrate their lack of support for police officers when, instead of admitting there's a problem that needs to be addressed, say that tens of dozens of police officers resigning for the same reason is not significant even though the police chief says otherwise. Seattle City Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez thank you for identifying yourself.

Mic911
Mic911

Seattle has 5 police districts, with 30 officers leaving that is 6 officers per district gone. That is most definitely a significant loss in only this year alone, so far, there is still 4 months left. At this rate that almost 4 officers per month, if it keeps up Seattle could lose another 16 officers by end of year! Glad to see a Chief with some backbone standing up for her department and Seattle clowncil needs to get some sense in their heads and out of their arses.

Dustm
Dustm

But yet she still listens to what the Mayor tells her to do, She flat out lied about the violence Antifa did yesterday, they went after the elders and the kids that were there, maced a 12 yr old even. and knocked and elder man out, at the end of that video you can see the police just standing there, no way did they not see what was happening, but they have to follow hers and the Mayors orders...

tfort
tfort

It’s a job, not a popularity contest. Your respect is your paycheck.

Oldtimer79
Oldtimer79

As a private citizen if I saw an assault on a child or elderly person I would have to take some sort of action to stop it. (We Carry in Texas) As a Police Officer it would be my duty. Police need to STOP THE CRIME and let the city council pound sand. If they try to discipline or fire the Officer(s) then those Officers need to sue the City and make a State or Federal Case out of it. This is TOTAL BS. The State Attorney General should be all over this with a serious investigation....

ikaika
ikaika

Thirty officers leaving in seven and a half months ought to be sending a big message to the city council. Seventy-two in how long? If it's a year and a half, that indicates a large problem, especially since these officers are going to other departments. They are getting officers that Seattle PD trained. It's a damn shame that these West coast liberal cities can't see the damage they are doing.

Purgatory
Purgatory

Smells like affirmative action girl is doing too little too late. Get tough on the gangs. Clean up the vagrants. Quit sucking up to the Looney damn Democrats. And be a damn Police officer. Not a damn token piece of political arm candy otherwise known as pogey- bait.