Police departments nationwide are facing a crisis in recruiting and retaining officers as morale among law enforcement plummets. Progressive prosecutors are being criticized for targeting police more vigorously than criminals. Young officers are leaving early due to stress, scrutiny, and lack of support from superiors.

Meagan McCarthy, a former San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy, was forced into retirement after a violent encounter with a suspect left her with PTSD. Despite the incident being captured on video, her attacker was acquitted of attempted murder charges. McCarthy now hopes her children do not follow in her footsteps and enter law enforcement.

Other officers, like Taylor Marino, have also left the force due to low morale, heavy workloads, and a lack of support from leadership. Progressive policies that allow repeat offenders to get out of custody easily and commit more crimes have also contributed to the decline in morale and recruitment.

Law enforcement agencies are struggling to attract qualified candidates, and some are even lowering their standards to fill vacant positions. The exodus of experienced officers has left remaining officers with increased workloads and liabilities.

Despite these challenges, there has been a slight increase in police hiring in smaller departments. However, big cities are still below pre-2020 riot staffing levels. While some departments offer hiring bonuses and increased salaries to attract officers, the average hourly wage for police officers has only seen a modest increase in recent years.

Overall, the current state of law enforcement recruitment and retention is concerning, with many experienced officers leaving the force and agencies struggling to fill vacancies. The impact of progressive policies and the negative public perception of law enforcement are contributing to this crisis. The future of law enforcement recruitment and retention remains uncertain as departments nationwide grapple with these challenges.