According to Fox News, anti-police sentiment has made it very difficult for agencies to attract new hires.
While there’s precious little in the way of hard numbers, law enforcement officials say that based on their feelings and anecdotal evidence, it seems like no one wants to be a police officer anymore.
From Fox News:
Police departments face a recruiting shortage amid a growing anti-cop mood that some fear has taken the pride out of peacekeeping and put targets on the backs of the men and women in blue.
Open calls for the killing of police have been followed by assassinations, including last week’s murder in Texas of a Harris County sheriff’s deputy. Instead of dialing back the incendiary rhetoric, groups including “Black Lives Matter” have instead doubled down at demonstrations with chants of “Pigs in a blanket, fry em like bacon.” Public safety officials fear the net effect has been to demonize police, and diminish the job.
“It’s a lot harder to sell now,” Jeff Roorda, spokesman for the St. Louis Police Officers Association and former state representative, told FoxNews.com. “This is a very real phenomenon.”
“You no longer just have to worry about your life while in uniform,” he said. “Now you have to be worried about the well-being of your family,” he said.