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Union chief: 'Many' Capitol police officers want to retire, quit

Added 03-01-21 08:57:02am EST - “A growing number of Capitol Police officers are considering? retirement or quitting the force in response to the deadly rioting on Jan. 6, the head of the union representing officers said.?” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Union chief: 'Many' Capitol police officers want to retire, quit”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A growing number of Capitol Police officers are considering retirement or quitting the force in response to the deadly rioting on Jan. 6, the head of the union representing officers said. 

"Many officers that are retirement eligible are seriously looking at turning in their retirement papers. Since January 6th, several Officers have retired as a result," Gus Papathanasiou, chairman of the United States Capitol Police Labor Committee, said in a statement released on Friday.

"I cannot tell you the number of younger officers who have confided in me since the insurrection who are actively looking at other police agencies or even new careers," Papathanasiou said.

The union boss cited "a lack of trust in our leadership who clearly failed us on January 6th" and said other agencies "offer better working conditions and better retirement benefits" than the U.S. Capitol Police force. 

"If Congress wants to recruit and retain officers to meet the heightened security threat, they are going to have address both the leadership and quality of life issues driving officers to leave this department," he added. 

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