‘Woke’ Seattle: 118 police officers quit; PD dangerously understaffed

Seattle, Washington is reaping the “woke” mayor Jenny Durkan and city council’s indulgence of violent left-wing radicals.

No need to defund the police. The police are defunding themselves by quitting.

First, it was Police Chief Carmen Best, the city’s first Black police chief, who resigned last August when the Seattle City Council approved historic cuts to the Seattle Police Department, including a $100,000 paycut for Best. See DCG’s post, “BLM achieves justice in Seattle: First black police chief resigns“.

Now, some 118 police officers have left the Seattle PD en masse.

Jason Rantz reports for KTTH AM770 that on October 16, 2020, the City of Seattle unveiled data showing at least 118 Seattle police officers had left the department in recent months, including even new recruits. In just the month of September, 39 officers quit, when the typical number for that month is between 5 and 7. 

At the same time, the Seattle PD’s Human Resources Department disingenuously is withholding staffing numbers, ignoring a public disclosure request from KTTH’s Jason Rantz Show. According to reporter Ranz, “it seems apparent that they purposefully withheld them.”

Mike Solan, President of Seattle Police Officers Guild, said: “This is fixable if our elected leaders start supporting police, instead of pandering to a large activist crowd that’s dividing us when we need unity. False narratives about good people doing policing, pushed by the defund movement, is making our public safety efforts devolve further.”

The departure of 118 police officers leaves only about 1,200 officers in service for the entire city, the lowest it’s been in two decades. Even this number is misleading because many officers are using their accrued sick time as they begin their escape to other agencies or wait for retirement.

Since the population of Seattle in 2019 was estimated to be 753,675, by my calculation, that means the city now has one police officer for every 628 residents, or 15.92 officers per 10,000 population:

The formula used to calculate the rate per 10,000 population is:

Number of police officers (12,000) divided by total population (753,675) times 10,000 = 15.92 officers per 10,000 population

According to Governing.com, the average number of police officers per 10,000 population for cities with 500,000 or more in population is 24.3.

Seattle’s 15.92 police officers per 10,000 population means the city’s police department is dangerously understaffed.

Seattle sheeple, you voted for this!

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truckjunkie
truckjunkie
7 days ago

This is it,Seattle residents-Lock and Load! Your Security is all on you now. Find out if you have legal grounds to sue the ex-police chief’s ass off for thousands of counts of public endangerment,and if you DO,get all your friends and neighbors together and file suit against the Police Department AND the officials who caved to the criminal radicals and started all this. Count the plaintiffs and figure about a million dollars per victim as a starting point. Best of representation to you.

Pearl
Pearl
5 days ago
Reply to  truckjunkie

This was NOT the fault of the ex chief. She was a victim of the same forces. This is due, 100%, to the mayor and city council’s war against the residents. But there have been elections since the slide into insanity started, and the people of Seattle continue to elect radicals every time. So who’s to blame?

old guy
old guy
5 days ago
Reply to  truckjunkie

Chief Best has no blame in this.

DCG
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DCG
6 days ago

“This is fixable if our elected leaders start supporting police…”

Yeah, don’t hold your breath:
https://twitter.com/jasonrantz/status/1317514801719857154

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 days ago

Ah, leftists will say, we need that “civilian national security force” Obama wanted– like the “colectivos” from Venezuela!
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Jen
Jen
6 days ago

Seattle….the next Portland. Enjoy!

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
6 days ago

I find this to be such a horrific problem. There is no doubt that criminals will feel free to rain havoc on the citizens of Seattle. Portland is unfortunately, not far behind Seattle. Why would any decent person even apply to run for mayor, since their job to overcome all the cuts by this current swamp of elected officials would be tantamount to running uphill as far as possible.

Reuben G.
Reuben G.
6 days ago

Doctor! Where’s the Sunday readings and commentary?

Pearl
Pearl
5 days ago

It’s the same in almost every city in the nation. They are all controlled by by demonrats. In my city, in the neighborhood where I live, the lovely houses and well kept lawns are adorned with Biden and BLM signs and it makes me want to cry. These are middle class families. How do people who work and pay taxes look at what is happening to our country and decide to support those who will destroy America? I’m so baffled by this.

Last edited 5 days ago by Pearl
the truth of god
the truth of god
5 days ago

just one more dying city. ask corrupt joe biden if he can protect you without MY MONEY. he has stolen millions from the people and he should be stripped of all his multi-million homes.

TrailDust
Admin
4 days ago

And yet, the Democrat officials seem to be clueless about the harm that has been caused.