Seattle Police Officers Leaving Department In 'Mass Exodus'

Police sources said Seattle officers are leaving to go to other police departments because of atrocious city politics.

Seattle, WA – Morale has gotten so low at the Seattle Police Department that officers are afraid to do their jobs, and they’re leaving the police force.

Records showed that 41 officers left the Seattle PD in the first five months of 2018, meaning they’re likely to exceed last year’s total of 79 departures by quite a bit, KTTH reported.

One officer told KTTH that 21 of his colleagues left, or announced their upcoming separation from the department, over a period of one week recently.

Not all of the officers leaving the department are retiring or getting out of law enforcement. Twenty of the officers who left went to other police departments.

“There are lots of people walking out the door,” another officer told KTTH “This is a mass exodus. We’re losing people left and right. Why stick around when the City Council doesn’t appreciate you? [These officers are] fleeing the ‘Seattle mentality.’”

While Seattle’s population has grown exponentially over the past 40 years, the size of the city’s police force has stayed almost the same, the city’s police union told KCPQ.

“I have never seen the number of officers who are leaving and the way they are leaving,” Seattle Police Guild Vice President Rich O’Neill said.

A police source told KCPQ that younger officers are frustrated over city politics and are departing Seattle for greener pastures.

“Worker bees on the street, they don't feel appreciated. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” he said.

The union also called the situation “a mass exodus” and said they believe it will have a direct impact on public safety, KCPQ reported.

“Less officers on the streets, less safe for the citizens -- and when you have all these officers you have invested all this money in and they are leaving for Tacoma, Olympia, Pierce County and Snohomish County,” O’Neill said.

He said that city leaders have sent the message that officers can’t be proactive in their policing, and as a result, many Seattle officers have become afraid to do their jobs.

“It's just depressing to serve in a place where many City Council members who are coming out at times with negative comments about the police,” O’Neill said.

He said officials have allowed certain crimes to go on without accountability, and have discouraged officers from enforcing the law with homeless individuals.

“It’s told from the start it's not a priority, homeless issues also bring with it car prowls, break-ins, open-air drug market, needles all over the ground, it’s the worst I’ve ever seen it,” O’Neill said.

The Seattle Police Guild has been in salary negotiations with the department for three years, meaning officers haven’t received a pay raise in that long. But the union official said that officers weren’t leaving Seattle PD because of the money, KCPQ reported.

“I’ve been here since 1980, I’ve never seen the city in the condition it is in. It’s because it’s been allowed on many levels,” O’Neill said.

One former officer told KTTH that “what’s being done in the SPD is hurting the department and the city.”

“I was being ordered to do less police work,” he said. “They would tell me … not to look for problems. A lot of this comes from there’s more risk with officers being proactive. I got into the job to help people, to make a difference … being a reactionary police department to wait until I was alerted to a problem wasn’t doing Seattle justice.”

Many of the officers who were interviewed complained to KTTH about the Office of Professional Accountability, a civilian-led oversight agency created by the city in 2017.

“The city wants secretaries with badges,” another officer said. “OPA is looking for reasons to suspend and it’s created an environment to not do much and not arrest [criminals].”

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chazman
chazman

This is exactly what Black Lives Matters and the Black Panthers want (NO Arrests so criminals have free reign) and the reason they have declared war on Police!Just think in 10, 15, 20 years maybe we just put a wall around Seattle and let the criminals have free reign. Oh wait they made a movie about that (Escape from new York)

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@chazman Black Lives Matter and the New Black Panther Party have nothing to do with each other. Their values don't even match. Are you making things up?

fireslayer
fireslayer

If you want to properly hold an argument, do the leg work. For example, in your response, you say that black lives matter and the new black panther party have nothing to do with each other. What evidence do you have that proves this point to be valid? And how do their values not match up? Come on, let’s actually have REAL arguments where emotions are put aside and facts and truth come to the forefront for f** sake

LEO0301
LEO0301

I feel sorry for the officers but not the people who live there. They're the ones who elected these politicians. They are getting what they deserve. Oops, don't step on a syringe while walking your kids to school.

walkintall
walkintall

When all is said and done, every community gets the police service that it wants (by electing the politicians who will do their bidding). Blessings to the overworked, unappreciated, underpaid officers of the city of Seattle. Flee while you have the chance.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@fireslayer Great, let's discuss.

Youre asking me to prove a negative, and on a point i did not introduce. But I'll oblige, and I'll start on the surface. BLM is far left, NBPP is nationalist and far right. So far right, in fact, that the tiki torch alt-right and the NBPP see eye to eye on many subjects and even work together at times.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@fireslayer Below is a video of a white and black nationalist having a discussion about their commonalities. Namely, they speak about how both groups oppose the left (between the 5 and 8 minute mark, namely, and spread throughout the rest of the video).

This was the first of quite a few videos. If you don't want to watch it all, essentially they discover they have a lot more in common than not, values and beliefs-wise. There are many videos in the series, feel free to watch more.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@fireslayer There's a little leg work done to facilitate this discussion. I used no emotion and provided facts.

As agreed, I'm expecting you to also leave emotion and conjecture out of this and show me proof of how BLM and Black Nationalists align in values.

fireslayer
fireslayer

The original commenter posted about the Black Panther Party and did not mention the New Black Panther Party.

I in no way expressed whether I agreed or disagreed with the original commenter. My previous comment was to serve as a mediation in a way...To start a real discussion and not necessarily on the aforementioned topic. A discussion that’s not merely people stating “well I think you’re wrong because yeah you are wrong”... it’s like why ?? Why do you disagree.

Since you’ve commented, I’ll enter in to this discussion shortly.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@fireslayer noted. I await your response. and just an aside, why would you question what I said originally, but not the original comment, since we both provided no backup?

and by the way, the original Black Panther Party from the 60s is null for all intents and purposes in present time, which would make their comparison make less sense. I assumed they meant the NBPP, who are alive and well, and has no affiliation with the Black Panther party of the 60s, aside from name.

Got A Warrant
Got A Warrant

Looks like you can knock out $100K/year after five years (with just a little bit of overtime). 36 paid days off. Insurance, including family at no cost to the officer. All that and they still can't keep officers. Must be one heck of a city council.

Luisa1948
Luisa1948

States that tie police officers hands are putting the citizens in harms way. I think the citizens are next to move away to a safer city.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

Well this is what the Socialists wanted now we will see what their "solution" is. After all the Law abiding citizenry leave

HCD_is_my_bitch
HCD_is_my_bitch

Liberal City go figure.

Againdays
Againdays

Seattle is number 10 of the worse city’s in USA for tax burden, 6,600 per citizen to become debt free. Liberal progressive Democrats are ruining our country and failing just as all socialist country’s. This includes law enorcement city directives. What is wrong with these people and what’s the demographics of those that elected them? How many are immigrants from hellhole socialist country’s?

HCD_is_my_bitch
HCD_is_my_bitch

Socialists theory of operation: I breathe therefore you owe me shit.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

A large statue to Lenin, the founder of the Russian Communist Party that is on a public square in Seattle speaks volumes about the politics of that cess pool.

karen2
karen2

Attrition is a good thing. Now the city can move from militarists in positions of authority to workers with a social work education. It's time for a culture change.

flagwaver
flagwaver

Add this situation to the Democrat & Liberal's demand for open borders and the path to the USA becoming like a third world country is even more possible. God bless those police officers who wanted to carry out the job of being a true officer of the law but were stopped by city politics. God bless Blue Lives Matter and God bless america

GForce48
GForce48

This seems to be the case in a lot of jurisdictions...the Dems/Libs run these places/departments right into the ground!

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

So....when in Seattle , and you become a victim of a crime, and all the officers have gone elsewhere....who ya gonna call ?? The Social Workers !!! Goddess help us all !

61mouse
61mouse

Good there are plenty of other good forces around the country

Mom2Boys
Mom2Boys

I hope all of the LEOs who stand between the criminals and the liberal voters move elsewhere because they deserve better. They deserve supervisors and local government to have their backs. If the Seattle City Council thinks they can do a better job, let them police the streets.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@karen2 - so, if I understand you correctly, you're looking for social workers, not police officers, is that correct? Well, if you truly believe that is the best approach to policing I strongly suggest you do a ride a long with one of those officers on a Friday night to see if that is the best approach. Please let me know if you feel the same way when your done.

TonyM
TonyM

I was a police officer for 25 years in a community that changed from common sense to liberal policies. I watched as my Dept. became more reactionary instead of pro law enforcement. Eventually officers learned that that they didn't need to do anything other than show up to collect their pay checks. Crime appears to remain substantially the same because the officers no longer report what is going on. Major crime is increasing because it is more difficult to cover over major events. The community will receive the level of enforcement that the society dictates and deserves.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

@TonyM: did the homide rate go up or down during your 25 years?

Pat1978
Pat1978

@Burgers Allday Is homicide the only crime that matters?

Pat1978
Pat1978

BTW, I know what you are suggesting and it's horse shite

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Homicide is the hardest stat to juke. I think you might have been reading into my question something that I did not intend.

AnonymissOC
AnonymissOC

Exactly what is "pro-active police work"? Hopefully, it is NOT just a way of trying to "justify" racial or religious profiling.

Aaron57
Aaron57

Proactive policing typically refers to stopping cars for violations, identifying drug transactions, checking out high crime areas, building rapport with communities, and generally making police presence known.

Not everything is about race, so stop trying to push that.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@DieselDawg Everything you say is ill-researched or flat out wrong. The statue is privately owned and the city would have to pay the owner to remove it.

OakwoodLT5
OakwoodLT5

Not surprising such an ignorant comment coming from someone afraid to ID them self

AnonymissOC
AnonymissOC

Not trying to push race, however, some cops have certain prejudices based on things such as race or religion. Or are you going to try to say that racial profiling never happens?

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

Privately or publicly sponsored it still speaks volumes about the Left Coast political mentality of Seattle.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@DieselDawg And now you see why people want Confederate traitor statues removed, because it speaks volumes about the political views of those who claim to be patriots.

Glad we came to an understanding.

Aaron57
Aaron57

I'm saying that it is massively over reported. Police often don't know the race or gender of a person when the pull them over at night, and every officer I've ever worked with (and I live and work in the Seattle area,) really don't care what a person's race or gender or religion is.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

This problem is rampant when liberal left rules. Just look at obama military. They couldn't do anything against ISIS during his tenure. With Trump it took less than 10 months to obliterate the rat infestation in the ME.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@pbm4jc I'm calling bullshit. Most of my military career was during the Obama administration (US Navy, 2005-2016) and during the latter years of cleaning up the mess we made in the region, the military focused on training the locals and sharing intel with them so THEY could fight ISIS.

Trump, or no president for that matter, could adjust military policy and defeat an enemy in 10 months. Those kinds of actions take years.

Whoever told you Trump was responsible for ISIS's defeat lied to you. ISIS was defeated by local military, and supported by Allied forces.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

Yeah you can believe your own lies. Facts speak for themselves. The military under Trump has different ROE. Don't give me the BS that the locals have defeated ISIS. It was the US forces in Iraq and Syria that did the job. No doubt the locals helped but they did not have the wherewithal to destroy ISIS. (Thanks for your service. But you were in the Navy by your own admission. What would you know what's being done on the ground? Don't pretend. My son is still in the military from Obama years.)

Besides my point is wherever the liberals reign things go haywire. Military was one example. Economy is another. Law enforcement, another. Immigration, another. Judicial system, another. Foreign affairs, another. You get the drift?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@pbm4jc You're starting to use terms that i don't think you know the definition of. What changes to ROE did trump initiate, that changed the tide of the conflict? Keep in mind that the president doesn't make ROE. He has military experts for that, and they advise him. Also, the joint Chiefs of Staff don't rotate with the president so the core knowledge of the conflict remains the same no matter who the president is. Ask your brave, serving son how long it takes to enact changes in military strategy. I'm sure he would agree that its much more on the order of YEARS than MONTHS.

Further, I'm believing "lies" even though i served in the area and you didnt? Alright. It's good your son is serving, but i don't know in what way that makes what I'm saying a lie, and what you're saying the truth.

Patricia
Patricia

Thank your son for his continued service. I must point out however, that it isn't just what you would call the liberals. The Bush's and their attempt at a family dynasty, as well as known attempts to destabilize countries for the World Banking system, are part of a political elite in this country and they all have the same agenda. It crosses party lines and has since the left drifted further left into socialism/marxism and portions of the right became the old traditional Democrats. Trump sits squarely in the middle between the old traditional Democrats and the Republicans. He has kicked ass in the ME and for that I am eternally grateful. Now if he will just encourage the world countries to end their refugee resettlement program and send the refugees back to rebuilt their own countries, I would imagine the entire western population would cheer.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@pbm4jc Since the onus seems to always be placed on me to cite sources for what i say, here's a piece from General Harrigan stating the role the US played in supporting the Iraqis in defeating ISIS.

I even found it from a source you might trust more than me, Fox News.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 From the conclusion of the article you just posted:

President Trump’s claim that he “changed the rules of engagement” appears to have some support among military figures, who have expressed appreciation of greater leeway and authority in directing anti-ISIS operations. But Trump failed to recognize that he is building upon foundations established long before he came to office and, perhaps most pertinently, failed to recognize the overwhelming contribution made by local forces in ousting ISIS from its former capital.

I believe that's almost exactly what i said up there.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Doc___ Alright shipmate! Thank you for serving.

My statement wasn't that ROE changed though. I did ask someone to tell me what exactly in the ROE changed to turn the tide though. It sounded like he was just repeating a sound byte without knowing what it meant.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Doc___ I was IA/GSA to Iraq in 2009-10, and a short 3 month SATCOM/INTEL stint in 2012 in Afghanistan. If you were there at any time, we may have crossed paths.

JBo
JBo

People...this article was about Seattle police officers leaving...not about the navy or ISIS or Trump or copy/paste replies. Give it a rest.

civilwar
civilwar

JBo: Thank you. I though I'd switched pages somehow.