The same PERF survey showed that 63% of
the police agencies reported a decrease in the number of applicants, compared to five
The Bureau of Justice Statistics noted that the number of full-time sworn officers per 1,000 residents dropped from 2.42 in 1997 to 2.17 in 2016, representing a significant drop in
Some large departments, like the Seattle Police Department, reported vacancy rates as high as 20% due to retirements, resignations, and other forms of separations.
A 2019 national poll by the Pew Research Center found that only 30% of Black men and women expressed interest in becoming a police officer, a reflection of broader societal tensions.
A 2019 study found the annual turnover rate for police officers was between 10 and 18 percent, significantly higher than the 1% annual turnover rate reported by the U.S. military.
Cities like Chicago saw an almost 15% jump in police retirements in 2020 compared to 2018.
According to a 2020 CBS News report,
over a dozen U.S. cities had cut their police budget, which can impact recruitment and retention efforts.
A 2017 Pew Research Center survey found that 76% of the 8,000 officers polled said they were now more reluctant to use necessary force due to fears of repercussions.
A 2020 Police Union survey in New York City reported that 80% of NYPD officers said they would not recommend joining the force, highlighting morale issues.