AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – An Aurora police officer, Daniel Bertelson, sent a department-wide email this month announcing his retirement. He offered some barbs and tough assessments of the current climate for law enforcement purposes.
“I’m leaving Colorado for palm trees and less communism,” wrote Bertelson, who worked for the Aurora Police Department for 16 years.
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“Try to ignore the politicians and the media,” he wrote to his colleagues. “They don’t know anything about this job or this honor. They are selfish scammers, well-dressed pimps, and at best prostitutes. “
The number of civil servants leaving the APD has increased in recent years, increasing by more than 60% from 2019 to 2020.
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Bertelson wrote that he was honored to serve as the Aurora officer and thanked his colleagues for their advice, kind words, support, and friendship.
“While the war against the police is raging in an environment where there is literally no right to be done,
I pray for the safety, success and happiness of each of you. “
Bertelson, who is assigned to the investigative support department, will officially leave the department on June 1, according to an information officer.
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“Never forget,” wrote Bertelson, “you are all capable of incredible things in and outside of law enforcement, never lose faith in yourself.”