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Police Desperately Needed in 10 U.S. Locations

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

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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

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    almost 5 years ago


    I know we have a need for police in North Carolina. I think they soldiers coming back from iraq will fill in a lot of spots. We cannot be short on police in this country.
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  • Fantasy_swords_sword_of_darkness__uc1120b_1632_max50


    about 6 years ago


    ...not all of these are current...sigh...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 6 years ago


    Most of these stories are a year or more old. How relevant is this? Do you have anything more current?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 6 years ago


    I live in Irvington its not that bad over here

  • Multimed_max50


    about 6 years ago


    love to join?

  • Copy__2__of_12_26_07_003_max50


    over 6 years ago


    lotta leo jobs, but dang i dont wanna move again. i have great place here in mo. but spd has put a hiring freeze. and at 55 by the time i finish and hired and go academy it`ll be time to draw social security lol

  • Ronald_reagan-2_max50


    over 6 years ago


    Well. I have a very good question. Why is it so hard to fill these positions. It takes anywhere from 3 to 9 months in some cities to hire one officer. From taking the tests to graduation can take a year or longer if the department is in a budget crisis.

  • Djay_in_celtic_s_suit_max50


    over 6 years ago


    Well I said it before if they relax some of there guidelines they can fill the postions. Each app needs to be looked at real good, you can test the officer from time to time without his knowledge, just because a man don't have perfect credit that doesn't make him dirty or mean he would end up on the take on day. A simple mistake back in your younger day could be looked at fixed. But in short they can get the man power they need if they just 1st take each app and look at it with caution and 2nd relax some criteria. Gang issues are out of control, banks getting robbed, cars stolen must I go on. The problem can be solved but it's up to the police depts.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 6 years ago


    I think mostly everywhere has a shortage of officers including Virginia

  • Gsd_max50


    over 6 years ago


    Gwinnett GA is also in need of some officers also.

  • 200718_max50


    over 6 years ago


    Seems like a good use of the latest round of 'stimulus' money!

  • Memorialbadge_max50


    over 6 years ago


    right in my own neck of the woods. top 10 needed

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 6 years ago


    Portland, OR is not the same as South Portland, Me.

  • Yo_con_corbata_max50


    almost 7 years ago


    It get the impression that the need for Leos is a nationwide need.

  • Pictures_017_max50


    about 7 years ago


    Does anybody ever really wonder the reasoning for the need of good LEO's? The hypocrisy of the government created by the people and for the people, but yet a governer can spend 3 million on a "library" to be named after themselves, but drop the budget for law enforcement and schooling? Still wonder why we are a country in need of self protection?

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