Chicago police officers are retiring at a rapid pace, raising concerns the number of new hires won’t keep pace with the number leaving.
The trend started earlier this summer, with CPD officers retiring at more than double the normal rate. According to the City, 59 officers are retiring in August and another 51 in September, more than double the average of about 24 per month.
Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara said he noticed the rise in retirees right after unrest and rioting began in the city.
“I’m surprised they’re not higher to be honest with you,” Catanzara said. “It was pretty obvious right away, May 29 and 30 specifically.”
While a change in health insurance benefits may be a factor, the union president blames Mayor Lori Lightfoot, saying he believes the mayor is under-prepared and not offering officers an adequate financial package.
Catanzara said police have been working without a contract for three years.
“It just goes to show the lack of respect the mayor and these attorneys have for the men and women; it’s all fluff when they say they care but they really don’t,” Catanzara said.
A spokesperson with the mayor’s office said Tuesday: “While the Mayor will continue to support the men and…