More Boston Police Have Been Leaving The Job Since 2020, Many Joining The Fire Department

The number of officers who have voluntarily resigned from the Boston Police Department in recent years has ballooned from zero in 2018 to 36 last year, according to city data, a trend that is exacerbating a shortage of police. While a few of those officers have moved out of state or taken a job in a new industry, about 15 percent have joined police departments outside of Boston and nearly half have started careers in the Boston Fire Department, an interagency transfer that longtime officers say is unprecedented.

The Globe requested all officer and police recruit resignation forms since 2020, which ask the officers to briefly state their reasons for leaving. Those who provided comments cited personal and family reasons, such as the birth of a child, or serious injury.

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