St. Louis County
St. Louis County police officers are quitting the force in what may be unprecedented numbers, leaving commanders scrambling to fill vacancies.
The region’s largest department, in St. Louis, has long seen an even higher rate of departures. But it’s a new and alarming phenomenon in the county force, the second-largest, which is accustomed to more stability.
And the loss of trained people comes as both agencies face major increases in reported crime, and their chiefs seek significant increases in staffing.
County officers don’t have to explain their resignations. But since 2010, about half have blamed pay, officials said. There was no indication that anti-police sentiments following the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown last summer had a significant effect.
Informally, it appears that many choose private security-oriented jobs or better-compensated positions with federal law enforcement over higher-paid local police forces, according to Sgt. Brian Schellman, spokesman for the county police.
The half that are blaming pay are rationalizing (a charitable way of saying “lying to themselves and others”), while the half that give no reason are smart enough not to state the real reason, that is, if they want to get another LEO job.
And as far as the real reason goes — Never fear, Blogmiester is here.
Hey, it’s me. You know what you’re about to read.
First off, the picture the P-D provides in this story is a visual hint to the real reason.
The real reason is that the SLCPD service area is getting more and more black by the year. Not only is the black population in unincorporated areas of St. Louis County, especially North, increasing, but the County Browns are taking over primary LEA jurisdiction in a lot of black municipalities, one big recent example is Jennings, as we saw from a big story around here last week that I only briefly mentioned here yesterday. Soon, they’ll also get Ferguson.
If you need another hint, note the second paragraph, where it states that City has “an even higher rate of departures.”
So it goes like this: If you’re white, on County, and you see the demographic trend and the time of day, you’re going to look yourself in the mirror one morning and wonder if you really want to be the next Darren Wilson.
Not helping matters is affirmative action. If you’re white and you don’t have some sort of “steam,” then you’re going to hit a pretty low vanilla ceiling.