In a mass exodus of police officers from the Seattle Police Department, retiring officers are leaving scathing reviews of the mayor, the city council, and city policies.
“I refuse to work for this socialist city council and their political agenda,” wrote one patrol sergeant, retiring after over 20 years of service in Seattle. “This agenda sacrifices the health and well-being of the officers and ultimately will destroy the fabric of this once fine city.”
When asked if he would ever return to work for the SPD, the sergeant wrote, “Never.” He praised his fellow officers as “the finest he’d ever encountered, but add(ed) they were in an unwinnable battle with the city council.”
Seattle has seen 118 officers leave the Seattle Police Department in 2020, a massive spike compared to years previous. Most of those have occurred in the summer months following the death of George Floyd, which sparked ongoing protests and riots in Seattle.
Thirty-nine officers left the department in September alone, a month that normally sees 5-7 officers leave.
Officers were asked in their exit interviews what factors had a negative impact on morale in the department.
“The council wanting to defund us and gaining ground doing it,” wrote one officer. “Rioters not being charged even when they assault officers.”
“Current hostile work environment,” wrote one patrol officer from the East Precinct. “In a precinct that is under civil unrest by a small group that is constantly committing multiple felonies and attempting to murder peace officers.”
When asked what part of working at the SPD he enjoyed least, the patrol officer responded, “I enjoyed almost every aspect of working with Seattle PD itself. The one thing that I enjoyed the least was the handling of the last three months of riots.”
While some officers are retiring and moving on to a new season of life outside of law enforcement, many are transferring to departments outside of Seattle they believe will be more supportive of police.
Officers were also asked if they would be interested in working for SPD again.
“I highly doubt it,” responded a canine officer with over 11 years of experience. “You could pay me twice what you’re paying me now and I would not work for Seattle under this current political mayhem, Marxist collaborations and lack of government and police leadership.”
A 57-year-old motorcycle officer cited non-supportive and hostile city politics. When asked what he enjoyed the least about his experience, he wrote, “The total lack of respect and support from the city council and the mayor.” He leaves after 31 years in law enforcement.
You can read the exit interviews by clicking here.