- Apr 1, 2020
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Houston police chief tells frustrated or laid off officers from defunded departments: 'Come to Houston'
'The people of Houston, they don't want less policing'
"His announcement comes as reports surface in several cities around the country of officers leaving the force or retiring early amid budget cuts and a lack of support from community leaders.
TheBlaze reported Tuesday that officers in San Francisco are leaving the force at a record pace with many of them seeking jobs at different departments in the state and around the country.
Officers in Chicago are reportedly retiring at double the average rate, with 59 retiring in August and 51 more planning to retire in September. The mass exit is likely a result of continued violence in the city coupled with a lack of support for police from the city's leaders, such as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
"Who wants to stay in this environment? If you have the ability to leave, there is no incentive to stay anymore," Fraternal Order of Police Union President John Catanzara said. "The mayor doesn't back us. If you have the financial ability to do so, I don't blame a single soul for leaving."
According to a recent report from the Denver Post, more than 200 officers have either resigned or retired in Colorado since Democratic Gov. Jared Polis enacted sweeping police reforms in mid-June.
Chief Acevedo should keep his phone handy, he may be getting calls soon."
Acevedo is a dick but we could use some new blood on the HPD; too many cliques now.