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Red-State Idaho Attracting Police Officers Fed Up With Blue State Policies

A member of the uniformed Secret Service walks near the press briefing room and the North Lawn of the the White House in Washington, Monday, March 28, 2016, after a U.S. Capitol Police officer was shot Monday at the Capitol Visitor Center complex, and the shooter was taken into custody. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

While blue states in the West are losing police officers who are disillusioned with soft-on-crime policies, conservative Idaho is gathering them in great numbers.

The Idaho Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) reported that between 2019 and 2021, the number of officers from other states applying for certification more than doubled, Fox News reported.

“They come to Idaho where they can enjoy their career and make a difference,” Idaho Fraternal Order of Police President Bryan Lovell stated. “They see that, in large part, our communities are supportive of law enforcement and public safety.” Lovell stated that officers from other states said they were fed up with policies that defunded police departments or decriminalized drugs.

“The Seattle Police Department has lost more than 700 officers in the past five years and is at its lowest staffing level since the 1990s,” King 5 reported in March.

“We’re already at critical levels … We are really struggling to make sure we maintain all the calls that are impacting, not just to maintain the calls, but also investigating those calls and also doing the other type of tactics that actually make for safer outcomes for the community,” Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz said.

“I think if rock bottom was ever a thing, we are probably here,” councilmember Rob Saka echoed.

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