In a city with a record-breaking murder rate, and respect for police at an all-time low, many people are wondering why more Baltimore Police officers don’t quit. For many of them, the reason is simple - the department won’t let them quit.
Baltimore PD is one of the few departments that actively sues officers who resign, forcing officers to stay.
In order to resign without being sued, officers need to work for years after completing field training.
Current Baltimore officers told Blue Lives Matter that the requirement used to be that officers stay for two years or be sued for $12,000. But after a large number of officers fled the department, the department changed the requirement to five years or be sued for $27,000 - well over half of the officers' starting annual salary of $48,971.00.