After the recent events surrounding the George Floyd murder, there has been a growing outcry from a small yet very vocal group of activists to pressure Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey to defund, even as go as far as disband, the Minneapolis Police Department.
Be careful what you wish for….
A source from within the department who wished to remain anonymous has come forward with information regarding current staffing issues within the Minneapolis Police Department. As you can imagine tension within the police department is at an all-time high and morale is exceptionally low. The source stated that within the past week, 14 officers have resigned within the department. The department is also facing multiple early retirement requests that would go into effect as early as July 1. There is concern within the upper chain of command that the department could lose as much as 15% of their uniformed patrol officers (street cops) within the next 30 days.
According to an online search, the Minneapolis Police Department currently employs 800 sworn law enforcement officers and 300 civilian employees.