After months of pressure from city and county officials heaped upon the Baltimore Police Department and repeated attempts to hamper police work in the city, the ranks have been thinning. As officers retire, others quit, and as budget cuts and policy changes affect still more, it appears that few new recruits are lining up as replacements.
A report by the city’s police union reveals that there are nearly 200 fewer officers today than at this time one year ago, and the lower number of officers poses a safety hazard, CBS Baltimore reports.
“You get in a crisis mode like we’re in right now with crime out of control and not enough uniformed officers on the street,” president of the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police Lt. Gene Ryan told CBS. “I would say it’s at a crisis point.”
The union chief also noted that the upper echelon’s decision to create a series of special units has also contributed to fewer patrolmen on the streets. Ryan noted that 999 officers are assigned to these new special neighborhood patrols.
“You don’t have enough police officers to patrol the streets safely protecting themselves, much less protecting the citizens of Baltimore,” Ryan insisted.
Police brass would not respond to the union’s criticism.