The city of St. Louis is about to enter crisis mode.
Yet, a defund the police mayor does not see a problem.
Since 2017, 819 officers have left, 174 in 2021 alone.
What may be just as big a problem as the officers leaving is the lack of officers to take their place.
St. Louis has not been able to keep up with its departures... not even close.
The police department has shrunk from 1,205 officers in 2020 down to 1,035 today.
Interim Police Chief Michael Sack stated, "This puts a burden on us to perform our duties with fewer officers.
"We must pay attention to staffing in the line platoons and on squads.
"No squad should have fewer than five officers with the optimum number being seven officers.
"I wish I could give you more, but this is the reality."
Mayor Tishaura Jones, who ran on a defund the police agenda, does not see this as a problem.
She stated, "We have enough officers, we need to do a better job of retaining and recruiting them."
Perhaps having a mayor that does not win an election by talking about "reallocating" police funding would be a great place to start.
It does not appear as though St. Louis will be shedding its negative image anytime soon.
Source: Fox News