Over 200 NOPD officers have left department since Serpas took over
Approximately 220 NOPD officers have left the force since Superintendent Ronal Serpas took office. Now, the Fraternal Order of Police says the rate at which officers are leaving, is alarming.
From May 2010 to March 18th, 2012, approximately 220 officers left their jobs with the NOPD. Of that number, 88 retired. 40 were dismissed and almost a hundred resigned.
Raymond Burkart, the attorney for the Fraternal Order of Police says, "The problem is, there seems to be in the time period we're talking about, a lot of younger officers who have left the job and there's really no explanation. So that is somewhat disturbing because you're not looking at just ranking officers who time it is to go, but you're also looking at younger officers, street officers who are leaving."
Burkart says one reason morale is low amongst the officers is because of scarce resources on the streets. "We're not making up the people were losing so we really have a crisis situation with regard to our manpower so it's becoming increasingly more difficult for the men and women we do have to provide those services," Burkart explained.
The FOP has met with Chief Serpas to discuss bringing in more officers, but coming up with money to hire new people is an issue. "If you're not funding the chief, which would be the city council and the federal government and the state legislature, if you're not funding him, there's really in many ways, nothing he can do," Burkart said.
Several other officers have resigned since March 18th, including Jason Giroir. Giroir was involved in the Justin Sipp shooting and later made comments online about the Trayvon Martin case.