By Rebecca Lopez | 25 May 2016
WFAA/ABC (Dallas) — Dallas police officers are leaving in droves.
We talked to an officer whose last day was Wednesday. He joins more than 40 others who quit in the month of May.
He asked we not identify him.
“I’m going to go to a city that respects officers,” he said. “I’m going to a city that will appreciate my skill set.”
The officer has worked at DPD for 10 years.
That’s what is alarming — the department is not just losing young officers, but veterans and detectives who could be future leaders, officers told News 8.
Many say low morale is plaguing the department under the leadership of Chief David Brown.
“The big joke is we talk about — how many years do you have left in the department, it’s like a prison sentence,” the officer told us. “You walk through, and it’s all like, ‘Oh, you got two more years,’ or ‘All I’ve got is nine years left.’ That kind of wears on you.”
The chief addressed the issue Monday at a Dallas City Council public safety meeting.
Some nearby cities, including Fort Worth, are paying officers $10,000-to-15,000 more a year.
The Dallas Police Department’s starting pay is about $45,000.
The officer we talked to says he’s leaving because he feels he is no longer effective in Dallas. He says the workload, hours, and low pay aren’t worth it.
“It’s been a mass exodus, and I wasn’t going to be one of the ones of the last to go when the ship sinks,” he said. “On my way, I’m going to be finding the next ship.”
Sources say so many officers are leaving the department that the personnel office can’t process the paperwork quickly enough, and they are telling officers they have to wait to quit.