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Mass Shooting, Increasing Anti-Police Violence Blamed for Loss of Colorado Springs Officers

February 29, 2016  | 

Some Colorado Springs police turned in their badges after an increasingly violent year, particularly in the past four months.

Fifty-two officers left the force in 2015, 11 of them resigning Oct. 31 or later. Their resignation letters blame violence against law enforcement for their swift exits, the majority leaving the department after less than two years.  

The job has become too risky, they said, especially after two mass shootings that closed out the year. Two Colorado officers have been shot and killed this year. 

Former Colorado Springs police Cmdr. Fletcher Howard, who retired this month after 38 years with the department, told the Gazette the culture of violence has everyone on edge. Citizens don't show the same regard for law enforcement and authority as they did 15 years ago, he said.

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Tom Ret @ 2/29/2016 6:16 PM

This country is fortunate some are still willing to wear the badge. I can not in good conscience, however, recommend anyone do the job today . It is a lot harder than when I served. In today's world you even have numb nuts coming on this police forum who spout their bs asking what sacrifices do officers make as if they even make any. Of course, this is coming from someone who is allowed to come on here who has zero police experience. Currently, some officers are burning out in less than 5 yrs as evidenced in this article. One officer I heard took on the nickname of BONG, short for burned out new guy. Actually, in the 70s more officers were killed than this decade but they were backed and appreciated and I believe that is the big difference why cops are not sticking around today and not the danger. A lot of us craved the adrenaline rush that came with the hot calls but then again we didn't worry about being charged for shooting someone in a justified shoot and nobody rioted as a result

Clay @ 2/29/2016 8:15 PM

Tom Ret, it sounds like you are saying that cops are quitting because the job got tough. I have never been appreciated at any job. Our CEO was very clear.... Your paycheck is what you get, don't expect anything else.

Oversight and accountability is good for everyone.

JJ -Retired LEO @ 3/1/2016 7:54 AM

Law Enforcement, like Firefighters is a calling, a passion and not just a job. I do not blame anyone that decides to leave Law Enforcement if they feel that they are not being respected nor backed up by their Dept. or community. If they are leaving because the job is dangerous, they should have never became an officer to begin with. The chance of injury or death comes with the job, just like the military and firefighting. But fear the day when people are becoming Police officers just for the paycheck, for you will definitely get what you pay for.

Michael @ 3/1/2016 9:37 AM

Being shot at and being under appreciated are two different things.

Former K9 @ 3/4/2016 11:45 AM

Clay, I believe you missed the point. The job got tougher because even justified use of force incidents are not supported. Riots ensue and your name is tarnished, even before any investigation is concluded. It appears the media and certain groups do not want the investigation done "right", they want it done "now". As human nature goes, you will always find a bad egg in the bunch, but that is far from the norm in this profession. And you cannot possibly compare a civilian job to a law enforcement job, unless of course, you've never had a LE job. And that's not my opinion, but factual as far as studies go. Every cop gets into this job knowing there is a possibility they may get shot chasing the bad guy, but few think they'll be executed having lunch, sitting in their car or pumping gas, just because of the uniform. That, I feel, has changed for the worse. However, I respect your opinions and view. Be safe.

Robert Hillsman, M.D. @ 3/7/2016 11:28 PM

This is a large number for a fairly small department!! Furthermore the fact that most of the Officers were new hires is especially devastating. When I worked for CSPD in late 70's early 80's we had five Officers killed in the line of duty. I left to attend Medical School in Denver where I also served as a University of CO. Public Safety Officer (same Dept. as slain Officer in C/S Planned Parenthood shooting). As a trauma doc for years I can honestly say risks remain as high or higher than when I served. This number of Officer 'retirements' will devastate a Department of this size. Truly unfortunate...

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