Protip: when you malign the police, they leave. Then bad things happen. See Baltimore’s Crime Now Skyrockets Past Detroit After City Reins in Police… and Baltimore Rioters Now Want Back The Police They Hated. This is a lesson Berkeley is currently learning. After all the riots, protests, and tantrums, Berkeley’s bottom is in need of a spanking from the swift hand of justice. But while the city lends support to groups with anti-cop sentiment, they minimize police resources. Not a good mix.
Surprise, surprise. It’s beginning to backfire on them.
Berkeley police staffing is reportedly at a “crisis point.” Courtesy of wheresmyberkeleycop.com:
In 1999, Berkeley had 215 cops on the beat. Soon the city may have fewer than 140 officers to answer calls for service. But while the number of cops has gone down, Berkeley’s population has gone up – from 108,000 in 1999 to 121,000 today.
The math is simple. 12% more residents + 35% fewer cops = slower response times and serious consequences for public safety.
Every police department in the country is affected by anti-law enforcement sentiment and Berkeley PD is no different. The national climate influences local elected officials and affects the support they give to the police. Just this year, twenty six officers have left the department for other opportunities and more are on their way out.
The campaign also points out how the police department’s resources keep getting depleted. All while the city continues to devolve into a crapstorm (see BACK TO BERKELEY: Antifa Swarms Trump Supporters in Violent Attack and ‘Anti-Fascists’ Burn Berkeley to Protest Milo. They’re The REAL Fascists!).
Let’s recap. Berkeley has been entertaining anti-cop rhetoric. Not only are police receiving less support from city officials, they’ve been stripped of the tools they need to keep people (and themselves) safe. When you beat down someone’s morale for doing their job AND refuse to give them the resources they need to do their job? Yeah, they’re going to peace out.
Can’t say I blame them.