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The looming police shortage in America?

Antifa, Black Lives Matter, left-wing anarchists, murders, rapists, drug dealers and criminals are rejoicing with news that the ‘defund police’ movement has worked.

Not only have city councils slashed police budgets, but officers are leaving police forces in droves, and the number of people applying to fill the empty positions is at its lowest levels ever.

The Blaze cites one example:

The Philadelphia Police Department currently has 268 vacancies and is expecting even more shortages in the near future.

“From Jan. 1 through Thursday, 79 Philadelphia officers have been accepted into the city’s Deferred Retirement Option Program, meaning they intend to retire within four years, according to Mayor Jim Kenney’s office,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. “During the same time period last year, just 13 officers had been accepted into the program, the office said.”

“It’s the perfect storm. We are anticipating that the department is going to be understaffed by several hundred members, because hundreds of guys are either retiring or taking other jobs and leaving the department,” Mike Neilon, spokesperson for the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police, told the newspaper.

And on the recruiting side, there are also problems:

Col. Patrick Callahan, the acting superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said the state’s largest police agency received a “historically low” number of applications this year. In some years, the New Jersey State Police would usually receive between 15,000 to 20,000 applications – this year they only received 2,023 qualified applicants as of Thursday, according to

READ: Police shortage: Cops retiring in droves, ‘recruiting crisis,’ applications ‘historically low’

Meanwhile, as Minneapolis cut millions from its police department and coincidentally crime started surging and the city council was forced to look online for ‘rent-a-cops’. READ: Minneapolis to consider bringing in outside police officers amid shortage

RELATED: ‘Residents say police are nowhere to be seen’: ‘Alarmed’ Minneapolis City Council demands answers from its police chief over 15 percent rise in violent crime – two months after slashing his budget by $1m

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