In Tuesday’s post, I talked about problems with the Dallas Sheriff’s Training Academy. Greg left a comment that included this statement:
Morale is poor, professional deputies are seeking retirement or employment by other, less politicized agencies.
And today I wake up to find out that perhaps problems aren’t isolated to the Sheriff’s Department.
DALLAS — Many Dallas police officers aren’t happy with the current state of the department, according to the result of a morale survey released Thursday by the Dallas Police Association.
Eighty percent of the 1,279 officers who responded to the survey rated their morale as low or the lowest it’s ever been.
According to the article, the DPD employs 3,500 officers. So one-third of the officers respond overwhelmingly saying morale is low….really low.
The survey found, among other things, that:
- 71 percent believed that they are not allowed to perform police duties that residents expect.
- 87 percent felt they do not have the support of the command staff to do the job in the manner they’ve been charged.
- 78 percent would not recommend DPD to other potential law enforcement candidates.
- 54 percent were not satisfied with their job.
Many officers have described a general dissatisfaction with the direction of the department.
Dallas police officers have been frustrated by the department’s handling of two controversial police shootings, which ultimately resulted in the firing of the officers and their indictment. Officers have also been upset by policies that say makes it difficult to do their jobs, such as the foot chase policy. More recently, Brown has been engaged in a long-running battle with the DPA over management of the Dallas police academy
WOW. If nothing else that 54% job dissatisfaction rating should scare the stuffing out of people. It is entirely possible those dissatisfied with their job will respond by either cracking down on people or by sloughing off and letting people get away with too much. Either way, not good for anyone going through or living in Dallas.
Maybe it is time we took a serious look at the laws and what we expect law enforcement to do about those laws. For far too long it seems we’ve let political correctness, the War on (Some) Drugs, Terrorism, etc drive us in directions that are hurting us in the long run. — Then maybe act on that serious look at let law enforcement get back to the motto so many are ignoring “to protect and serve”.
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