Representatives from the San Diego Police Department have confirmed that ongoing staffing issues are likely to continue.
The San Diego PD is budgeted to staff a total of 2,039 officers; they are currently staffing 1,832.
Large numbers of new recruits continue to be poached by other law enforcement agencies, a spokesperson said, adding that the SDPD is also challenged because a growing number of veteran officers are at or near retirement age.
The president of the San Diego Police Officers Association told KPBS that nearly 600 officers will be eligible to retire within the next 60 months. And while there is no way to predict when and if an officer will take retirement the moment they become eligible, the number of officers who could leave the SDPD is alarming.
Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said that law enforcement agencies throughout the US say they’ve had difficulty in attracting and keeping new recruits.
Original article: Chronic Staff Deficit in san Diego Police Department May Get Worse