Ashville, North Carolina’s police department (APD) has seen 84 officers leave since January 2020 and is now making clear it will no longer respond to theft calls.
The Daily Mail reports the department will also forgo answering fraud and trespassing calls.
APD Police Chief David Zack cites the “protests against law enforcement” as one of the factors that led so many officers to step away from the job.
The Ashville Citizen Times notes that “the APD officer attrition rate, formerly one per month, jumped to 7.5 per month in the four months after local protests set off by Minneapolis police murdering Black resident George Floyd.” And even after the highest profile protests waned the APD continues to see an attrition rate of roughly six officers a month.
As a result, the APD now has “only 167 of its 238 sworn officer positions filled.”
APD response times to 911 calls have lengthened during