The widespread push to defund the police departments across the U.S. is perceived as a major culprit for an increase in police retirement rates in U.S. cities.

The situation is particularly alarming in Chicago.

With a staggering number of 363 police officers who retired by the end of June and another 56 expected to retire this month, the number of retired police officers surpassed the one for the entire 2018.

If the trend continues at the same pace, this year is expected to record the highest number of police retirements in Chicago’s police department’s history.

On the other hand, the information coming from Chicago Police Superintendant David Brown and Mayor Lori Lightfoot suggests that there are around 117,000 gang members currently roaming the streets of Chicago.

The number of police officers is, however, at 13,000, about ten times lower!

Many experts fear that such an unfavorable ratio might pose an unacceptably high threat to the safety of Chicago citizens.

Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera told Fox News Digital that it is a miracle that there had not been more than 11 and 19 people killed over the last two weeks, respectively.

He said that the concern for anti-racism policies led to a situation in which ordinary citizens are devolved into a third-world existence.

Chicago citizen Gianno Caldwell seconded Rivera, adding that the city almost became a war zone when two weekends earlier this year saw more than 100 shootings.

Further steps

Amid wide calls from police leaders, President Joe Biden met with city leaders on Monday.

One of the main topics discussed was the increase of crime in large cities such as Chicago.

President Biden emphasized that, despite the limitations of his federal powers, he would do anything he could to encourage better law enforcement on the ground.

Superintendent Brown, who attended the meeting, tweeted that the sense is urgency is what everyone should start feeling.

He added that the saving of lives should be a top priority of policymakers.

Even though the murder rates are commonly on the rise during the summer months, this year’s numbers are unprecedented.

This situation prompted the federal government to initiate strike forces in major U.S. cities, including Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.

The main goal of the action was to curb illegal weapons trafficking across the U.S.