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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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.

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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.