Tuesday a local news station in Atlanta reported that nearly 30 police officers resigned last month, many times the average number of resignations last year:
A report from the Atlanta Police Department shows 28 officers resigned in August, an additional 11 retired, and three recruits were dismissed for undisclosed reasons. This is the second time APD reported multiple resignations in a short period of time since the beginning of summer. The department said they normally the average resignations for 2019 was 5.58 per month. There were 67 Resignations in 2019.
Sgt. Jason Segura, President of the International Brotherhood of Police Officer, Local 623, said many officers are leaving for other sheriff and police departments.
“Majority of it is just the lack of support,” said Segura. “You have officers that have been trained by the Academy as far as what you can and can’t do, what the law is, what your SOPs are, and when it comes down to it…So, it’s just a lot of confusion.”…
Segura added officers do not feel like the city would support them, should they have to use force during an arrest.
The interim police chief and the mayor aren’t denying that there’s a morale problem in the APD, but both have pointed out that this isn’t a problem that’s limited to Atlanta: