March 2 Recently, the union representing the U.S. Capitol Police said that many police officers were considering retirement or leaving federal law enforcement agencies after the riots in Congress on January 6.
“Many officers who are eligible for retirement are seriously considering submitting their retirement documents,” Gus Papatanasi, chairman of the Congressional Police Labor Committee, said in a statement, ABC reported on March 1.
Other than that, I can’t tell you how many young police officers said after the riot that they were actively seeking to work in other police agencies, or even looking for new career plans,” Papatanasi said.
The chairman mentioned that the two main reasons why policemen are considering leaving office are a lack of trust in the leadership and that many other agencies can provide better working conditions and retirement benefits than congressional police.
He added that if Congress also wants to recruit and retain police officers to deal with growing security threats, they must deal with some of the factors that force police to leave Congress, such as leadership issues and quality of life issues.