Asheville, North Carolina’s police department just made the city a lot more hazardous. The rapidly expanding metropolis’s police department announced that certain 911 calls will no longer be answered by cops due to a staffing deficit. Since January 2020, scores of policemen have quit the force, and Asheville residents are feeling the effects in their day-to-day lives.

The upsurge of cops quitting their jobs in response to the murder of George Floyd is attributed by Police Chief David Zack (center) to the widespread exodus of law enforcement personnel. The city in North Carolina has such a poor attrition rate that they’ve decided to cease delivering essential services to residents because they don’t have enough cops on staff to respond to every 911 call received by the dispatcher.

In the future, officers will generally obey only high-level commands (such as “stop”) to concentrate on more serious violations.

“This is what it looks like when you’re down this much, when you lose 50% of your detectives,” Zack told members of the Asheville City Council on Tuesday.

Zach’s viewpoint has been criticized by experts, who believe that the absence of cops would result in higher offenses throughout the metropolis.

Zachary no longer wants his cops to respond “to the following types of crimes:”

  • Theft under $1,000 where there is no suspect information (this does not include stolen vehicles or guns)
  • Theft from a vehicle where there is no suspect information
  • Minimal damage and/or graffiti to property where there is no suspect information
  • Non-life threatening harassing phone calls (does not include incidents that are related to domestic violence and/or stalking
  • Fraud, scams, or identity theft
  • Simple assaults that are reported after they have occurred
  • Reports that do not require immediate police actions and/or enforcement (information only reports)
  • Funeral escorts
  • Lost/found property
  • Trespassing where the property owner does not want to press charges
  • Zack’s department stated that “noise complaints made during normal business hours and after-hours may have a significant delay in response.”

Is it possible for Asheville, North Carolina’s Police Chief Zack to transform the city into a lawless one? With so few police in the town, experts are concerned that crime rates will rise as citizens take advantage of the slow police response and lack of response to many calls.

According to data obtained by the Citizen Times, the Asheville Police Department loses about six cops every month. With a 2016 budget of $30 million, Asheland Police Department sought to fill 238 law enforcement positions at the start of 2017. Only about 167 of those jobs have been filled as of this weekend.

The average response time for Asheland Police Department was 7.7 minutes before police officers began quitting the force. Now, it takes law enforcement around 10.6 minutes to arrive on site in cases where a crime has occurred.

There are some who, on the other hand, believe that despite the reduction in cops, violent crimes have not risen. These individuals think that open jobs should remain vacant.

“A 50% reduction in detectives and 30% reduction in officers and no change in crime? Good,” one citizen said during the City Council meeting. “Cut their budget in half. That’s all the justification you need.”