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‘Defund Police’ Movement Sparked Nationwide Crime Spree: Retired Chiefs

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  • Law enforcement veterans say that that the “defund the police” movement led to the short-staffing, burnout and low morale among officers that led to surging crime in major cities.
  • Retired Fort Worth Police Chief Jeff Halstead told Fox News Digital that morale within police departments is the lowest in the 30 years he has been in the profession.
  • “I talk to law enforcement leaders on a daily basis. And in today’s world, their No. 1 problem is staffing,” Halstead explained.

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