Being a police officer used to be every little boy’s dream. Today, it’s no longer a dream job — some say it’s a nightmare. For example, the city of Baltimore is seeing it’s police department shrinking.
The number of cops in Baltimore fell 6.1 percent in 2015 and has shrunk by even more in the first half of this year, according to police data seen by Reuters and not previously reported.
Baltimore leads the trend, but there are other U.S. cities not far behind. According to Reuters, the police departments in Detroit, Michigan, and El Paso, Texas shrank by 4.9 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively.
“They’re having trouble recruiting because since Ferguson there has been a lot of negative press about policing,” said John DeCarlo, an associate professor of criminal justice at the University of New Haven and former chief of the Branford, Connecticut, police department.
Odds are the number of people wanting to be a police officer will shrink after 2 snipers at a Black Lives Matter event in Dallas killed 4 cops and shot 7 others in retaliation for two events in which black men were killed by police. The one killing took place in MN., the other in LA.
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