Police Desperately Needed in 10 U.S. Locations
Even though the economy may be struggling to stay out of a recession, police shortages are still common in many locations throughout the U.S. PoliceLink recently researched the most recent police shortages to make the news. If you’re looking for a law enforcement job, try one of these markets to find a home for your police career.
1. Moss Point, MS
“The city of Moss Point is facing a police shortage. More investigators, and patrolmen are needed on the force.” Read more about the latest police shortage in Moss Point.
2. Irvington, NJ
“Officers in Irvington say they’re under attack after two of their own have been shot and wounded in separate attacks in the past month.” Read more about the latest police shortage in Irvington.
3. Colorado Springs, CO
“Colorado Springs say they don’t have enough police officers or money to adequately patrol the city, leading to longer response times to emergencies and thousands of 911 going unanswered.” Read more about the latest police shortage in Colorado Springs
4. Nashville, TN
“A string of retirements has left the department about 100 officers short, and potential recruits have been lining up to fill those spots.” Read more about the latest police shortage in Nashville
5. Desert Hot Springs, CA
“The Desert Hot Springs Police Department is on a mission to restore staffing levels to 31 police officers, the number on the force before citywide layoffs in 2006.” Read more about the latest police shortage in Desert Hot Springs
6. South Lake Tahoe, NV
“Feeling the burden of a lack of law-enforcement personnel in California, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department struggles to fill open positions and keep the minimum number of patrol officers on the street.” Read more about the latest police shortage in South Lake Tahoe
7. Clinton Hill, NY
“The usually quiet and safe streets of Clinton Hill have been racked by a crime wave, residents and the neighborhood’s Council member charge, as cops leave the local precinct and aren’t replaced.” Read more about the latest police shortage in Clinton Hill
8. Fort Worth, TX
" The department plans to recruit 80 experienced officers for the first classes. Because the officers need less academy time, the Fort Worth Police Department will save about $800,000 on their training." Read more about the latest police shortage in Fort Worth
9. Portland, OR
“The city of South Portland is facing a serious problem: There are not enough police officers to patrol the streets. That is according to the city’s police chief and a report submitted by a special committee assigned to review the department’s recruitment and retention.” Read more about the latest police shortage in Portland
10. Tulsa, OK
“Despite campaign promises and official numbers, will there be a police officer available when you need one? The city claims 814 sworn officers. But police say there are only 771 actually on the streets. Which number is right?” Read more about the latest police shortage in Tulsa
Almost one year ago, Debra Baer reported that " Police departments across the country are chronically understaffed and facing a crisis in meeting recruitment goals. They say a perfect storm of Sept. 11, wars on two fronts and aging demographics has cut down the supply of people who want to be cops." Listen to her podcast