Seattle Police Officers' Exit Interviews Tell The City How It Really Is

Departing Seattle police officers repeatedly cited city council and the OPA as chief reasons for leaving the department.

Seattle, WA – Seattle police officers’ exit interviews tell a disheartening story of a police department plagued by a destructive city council and overwhelming oversight that has led to a mass exodus.

Recently retired Seattle Police Detective Michele Hackett, who served 29 years on the police force, said she had been fortunate to work in narcotics rather than patrol, KUOW reported.

“I feel sorry for those officers in patrol who do their very best in the face of chaos and mayhem, risking their safety for others, only to be criticized on a seemingly frequent basis,” Det. Hackett wrote on the department’s exit survey.

“It seems like everything an officer does is scrutinized for any and all violations – such as no name tag or failure to activate something," she continued. "We are human doing the best job we can. It seems like we are no longer afforded any benefit of the doubt.”

Former Seattle Police Officer Brian Patenaude only lasted six years on the force before he left to go work for the Tacoma Police Department because of a “lack of support from the city,” KUOW reported.

Officer Patenaude said that lack of support included “being told to not enforce certain laws (local and federal). The lack of cases being filed on crimes that matter to the community. Catering to drug abusers and the homeless.”

He said the department’s insistence on a use-of-force report every time a suspect complained that handcuffs hurt was onerous and time-consuming.

“Handcuffs are not designed for comfort,” Officer Patenaude explained. “Most arrestees have abscesses on their wrists from injecting illegal drugs.”

He was not the only departing officer to complain about the use-of-force reporting policy, according to KUOW.

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best acknowledged that policy needed work and told KUOW it had recently been revised.

“If the person has any pain in handcuffing we’ll document that pain so we can track all of it,” Chief Best said. “We made that process a lot more streamlined for officers so they can annotate it, because we don’t want to lose the information. But there’s not the same level of paperwork that was required previously.”

Retired Seattle Police Officer Andrew Peloquin said he had “had enough” after 24 years with the department.

“Comments by city council calling us murderers and saying that we’re all bad officers doesn’t sit well with those that put their lives on the line for them every day,” Officer Peloquin wrote on his exit survey, according to KUOW.

“We’ve undergone scrutiny for years calling us racists and heavy handed/using too much force,” he continued.

The officer complained that the U.S. Department of Justice had come in to fix the department and never left.

He said that the Office of Police Accountability (OPA) was using bodycams for “fishing expeditions to create additional complaints” and said the creation of the “Bias Policing” law targeted officers.

“This all just proves that our department is in a downhill tail spin with no end in sight and it [has] been going on for the past 10 years,” Officer Peloquin said. “The mass exodus should speak volumes about what the officers think about all of the changes and what they have done to this department.”

After about a year-and-a-half with the Seattle Police Department, Officer Gregory Jago left to go work for the Kent Police Department, KUOW reported.

His biggest complaint was about the OPA as well.

“I did not enjoy the hyper-aggressive nature OPA," Officer Jago wrote on his exit survey. "It felt like officers were guilty until proven otherwise, while our suspects were presumed innocent.”

OPA Director Andrew Myerberg said he was working on policy changes that would allow managers to deal with smaller issues and cut back on lengthy investigations, KUOW reported.

“I think the officers have a fair criticism,” Myerberg said. “One thing we’ve really been working on at OPA especially over the past year is how to re-empower supervisors to take back minor misconduct — but if they’re going to do so, to do it correctly and maintain accountability and transparency over the process.”

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JerryMac
JerryMac

Wait, why would a Seattle cop think he could enforce federal law anyway? He would have no authority to do so. If a cop gets mad because he/she can't enforce a federal law, I wonder if they have no clue whatsoever their authority comes from?

BinkyB
BinkyB

And this is why Seattle has declined from a spectacular place to live.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Same deal in the city where I live. They move from someplace else (after they screwed it up) come to a new place, with some being elected to city council. Then they start the process over once again. Last two police chiefs were total disasters (one a black guy with history of screw ups) and the next one was butch female, again complete disaster. Now they are in the process of hiring a replacement and I can hardly wait to see next winner. The city manager has been reaching out to the community asking what they want in a police chief. What could possibly go wrong 🤔

K-9 319
K-9 319

I really hope that this exodus will wake people up and change things for the better. Officers have enough on their minds without having to worry about what will happen to them if they upset the OPA.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Keep leaving!! Let it burn...get out of that city, state for that matter. Go somewhere that you are appreciated. The left coast can all burn!!!

OldVet
OldVet

Liberal politicians strike again.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Seems as though Seattle politicians have targeted making Seattle the first dystopian society city in the USA. Imagine that...a city that size with no police. Yikes!👎

ForestJohn
ForestJohn

Sure glad I was able to do my 30 when it was still fun and rewarding to be a cop. So many liberal cities have ruined what was once a great profession...

Steve59
Steve59

I don't blame them one bit either, their work environment is hostile towards them especially when it's your own City Council and Police Chief.

61mouse
61mouse

Good for them

DemoRat
DemoRat

Seattle is a liberal sewer.

CrybabyDemoLibTard
CrybabyDemoLibTard

This is what happens when libtards take over things. Yes, they’ll go home where their house is surrounded by tall fences and they’ll stock pile their weapons, then they’ll criticize the police after they show up to drag off the dead body. What will they do when all the cops are gone...they’ll call Trump to send in the troops. Lmao

pcarlmullan
pcarlmullan

Officer Patenaude explained. “Most arrestees have abscesses on their wrists from injecting illegal drugs.” Who wants to live in a community such as this one? You can't blame the Police for leaving.

Winddancer436
Winddancer436

I am so ashamed for the police being treated this way. Sorry fellow LEOs.

xcop137
xcop137

I’ve seen pictures of Seattle that convince me I have no desire to visit any longer.

Daughter
Daughter

Why have officers that get out there in harms way and train them then fire them for doing their job....disgusting ...there is corruption higher up...those are the ones who need to be fired!!!!’

Grog
Grog

Politics and politicians have no place in police work.

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Seattle is a leftist shithole. Anyone who chooses to stay and work there as a LEO knows what they’re getting into. Don’t cry when those liberal leftists put police in jail rather than the rapists and murders. Y’all would be better off working as a greeter at Walmart.