Yep! Cops will no longer respond to 911 calls involving robberies, trespassing and fraud.
The Asheville, North Carolina Police Department said that it has lost 84 officers since January 1, 2020.
APD Police Chief David Zack says the attrition rate, which has accelerated since protests against law enforcement became widespread in the wake of George Floyd’s death in May of last year, has reached crisis proportions.
He said it is necessary to no longer respond in-person to low-level offenses so that response times to more serious crimes could be cut down.
‘This is what it looks like when you’re down this much, when you lose 50% of your detectives,’ Zack told members of the Asheville City Council on Tuesday.
According to the Asheville Citizen Times, experts are warning that police failure to respond to low-level, nonviolent crimes could lead to an escalation in more serious offenses.
Local activists, however, dispute this, and say the rate of violent crime in Asheville has not increased as feared.
As a result, they believe it is best to leave the job openings in the police department unfilled.
‘A 50% reduction in detectives and 30% reduction in officers and no change in crime? Good,’ one citizen who calls himself Jose said as he phoned in to the City Council meeting.
‘Cut their budget in half. That’s all the justification you need.’
Before Floyd’s fatal arrest in Minneapolis in May of last year, the attrition rate for APD officers was one per month.
In the four months after Floyd’s death, the attrition rate surged to 7.5 per month.
The latest figures cited by Citizen Times found that the attrition rate remains high – at around 6 officers per month.
The APD’s $30million budget allocates funds to fill 238 officers positions. As of Saturday, however, just 167 of those jobs had been filled.
An APD spokesperson said that of the 167 officers currently employed, just 148 of them are able to work due to vacations and other types of leave.