According to the Asheville Citizen Times, experts are warning that police failure to respond to low-level, nonviolent crimes could lead to an escalation in more serious offenses.
Local activists, however, dispute this, and say the rate of violent crime in Asheville has not increased as feared.
As a result, they believe it is best to leave the job openings in the police department unfilled.
- Asheville, North Carolina police won’t respond in-person to low-level crimes
- Theft, fraud, trespassing, property damage complaints must be filed online
- Move comes after department has lost 84 police officers since January 2020
- Attrition rate increased since May 2020 police-involved death of George Floyd
- Before Floyd’s death, attrition rate in Asheville stood at around one per month
- In the four months after Floyd died, it surged to around 7.5 per month
- The rate of attrition in APD now stands at around 6 per month, police chief said
- Last fall, city council voted to reallocate just 3% of APD’s $30million budget
Published: 16:07 EDT, 5 June 2021 | Updated: 16:31 EDT, 5 June 2021
The police department in one of America’s fastest-growing cities is facing staff shortages so severe that it will not respond to certain 911 calls, including complaints of burglaries, theft, property damage, identity theft, or trespassing.
The Asheville, North Carolina Police Department said that it has lost 84 officers since January 1, 2020.
APD Police Chief David Zack says the attrition rate, which has accelerated since protests against law enforcement became widespread in the wake of George Floyd’s death in May of last year, has reached crisis proportions.