Kentucky Police Officers Retiring Because “They Just Feel Like They’ve Been Abandoned”

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Kentucky Police Officers Retiring Because They Just Feel Like They’ve Been Abandoned.

Record number of Kentucky Police Officers are choosing to retire because they feel like they’ve been abandoned, also concerns regarding the “defund the Police” campaign amid national protests of George Floyd’s death.

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The Fraternal Order of Police blames it on the national climate, which the Lexington FOP president describes as “attacking and demonizing the police”. Nationwide, police departments say they’re losing people fast. Faster now than in recent memory.

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In Kentucky, the FOP says it’s most noticeable in the state’s two biggest cities. “Louisville’s numbers are exponentially higher. I know they’ve had 20 in the last month retire or leave,” says Clark County Sheriff and FOP President Berl Purdue. Six Lexington officers retired in June, according to Lt. Jonathan Bastian. He says four more are leaving at the end of summer.

I’ve had a number of them say that given the current environment it’s just the time, it’s the time now to do it. One of them even said he knew it was time because his kids were now asking him to not go to work,” says Lt. Bastian.

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Kentucky Police Officers Retiring Because They Just Feel Like They’ve Been Abandoned.

Bastian and Purdue say they understand the reasons for protests against police brutality

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“Are there things we could do better? Absolutely and there are things we’re going to do better,” says Sheriff Purdue. But they say something’s getting lost, that deaths and police abuse happening elsewhere in the country are hurting good officers and their families here who don’t deserve the blame. “Our membership and our police officers are wiling to take on most of those stressors and face most of those difficulties and sometimes the ugliness that we’ve been facing on the streets, there’s also a burden on our families,” says Bastian. “They just feel like they’ve been abandoned,” says Purdue.

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