Seattle cops flee the force in ‘mass exodus’ due to frustrations with city’s politics, report says

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At least 41 cops have left the Seattle Police Department this year, many of them reportedly citing frustration with the city’s politics and a perceived lack of support from local officials.

Though documents showed some officers left the force due to retirement, a source in the department told Q13 FOX some 20 officers left and sought employment at other law enforcement agencies.  

The source also said younger officers “don’t feel appreciated” and the number of those leaving who felt “frustrated over city politics is higher than usual.”

“Worker bees on the street, they don’t feel appreciated. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” the source told Q13 FOX.

The Seattle Police Guild, the police labor union, which includes “all of the officers and sergeants on the Seattle Police Department,” according to its website, called the departures a “mass exodus” that would affect safety.

“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,” Seattle Police Officers Guild Vice President Richard O’Neill said.

He added: “I have never seen the number of officers who are leaving and the way they are leaving.”

As of 2017, there were 1,444 sworn officers on the force, according to the city.

O’Neill said many officers felt a lack of support from city officials.

“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.

The union cited Mike O’Brien and Kshama Sawant, two Seattle City Council members, as being especially critical of law enforcement.

“A city council member [Sawant] can call two police officers ‘murderers’ and the city pays for her legal fees,” a source told, referring to a fatal 2016 police-involved shooting.

The Seattle Police Guild said officers have not received a pay raise in three years due to contract negotiations. But O’Neill said the officers didn’t leave because of the money issues — they just became fed up with Seattle politics.

“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.

The Seattle Police Department struck a different tone, saying it would not characterize the departures as a “mass exodus” and noted the department was continuing to recruit officers, including women and minority candidates.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office released a statement regarding the union’s comments.

“Few issues are more important than public safety and keeping our families safe, and our officers are being asked to do more in our rapidly changing community,” the statement said. “…The Mayor will continue to work closely with SPD and our officers to ensure they have the resources necessary to maintain their safety and the safety of our community.”

9 thoughts on “Seattle cops flee the force in ‘mass exodus’ due to frustrations with city’s politics, report says

  1. LMAO, they’re probably fleeing because of indictments coming down the line for their dirty deeds and want to save their pensions.

  2. They are exiting to outlying areas, where oversight is non existent, or not spoken about for fear of retribution.
    Corruption runs as the lifeblood of modern policing, so as to keep us and them divided.

  3. Give a cop a badge, a gun, and a massive superiority complex over the citizens…

    And they feel unappreciated.

    And in another article… pushing a gun into the chest of a 3 year old? Beating the mother? And… oopsy, wrong address.

  4. Yep, the “brave warrior sheepdogs’ ” feelings are hurt because they feel under appreciated and the whiny college kids are throwin’ piss bottles or fecless acts of protest in Seattle.

    They would do well to stay there in Seattle because the arena they’re stepping into isn’t anti-gun and quite so thin skinned and wielding sticks when SHTF.

  5. Greetings.
    Let me get this right.
    Drugged-up, low-IQ, power-happy recruits,
    then govt. hires with GUNS.
    What could possibly go wrong?
    ………“Less officers on the streets, less safe for the citizens…
    ‘murderers’ … referring to a fatal 2016 police-involved shooting……..
    When seconds count,
    oinkula law enbreakment crime gang are minutes away.
    When they finally do get there, are they any real “help”?
    My view of these radio ads for after-shooting legal help.
    After shooting criminals to defend your family, gun taken,
    find yourself kidnapped, thrown into oinkula dungeon,
    waiting to pay ransom, if you can, and beg the
    black-robed-devils to let you go home. Polarity backwards.
    Is it more safe, or less safe, with them on the streets?
    The less of them prowling my community, with GUNS,
    searching for victims, wearing their black gang “colors”, the better.
    None is best. Remember there were PEACE officers?
    God save the Republic.

  6. Anyone catch the part about recruiting “minorities?” I can guess what that one means: wetbacks.

    Things got safer in the US when people bought more guns, cops have only made things MORE dangerous so them leaving… Hell we might see crime drop 50%!!! People having to deal with a problem themselves rather than sit on 1-800-rat-hotline or “save-my-pansy-ass” could mean the gene pools gets cleaned up and also… Ready? LESS REVENUING! Imagine that!

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