At least 41 cops have left the Seattle Police Department this year, many of them reportedly citing frustration with the city's politics and a perceived lack of support from local officials, according to Fox News.
A source in the department told Q13 FOX that “some 20 officers left and sought employment at other law enforcement agencies.”
The unnamed source said younger officers “don’t feel appreciated” and the number of those leaving who felt “frustrated over city politics is higher than usual.”
The Seattle Police Guild called the departures a “mass exodus” that would affect public safety.
Seattle Police Officers Guild Vice President Richard O’Neill said, “It's just depressing to serve in a place where many city council members who are coming out at times with negative comments about the police.”