Sources close to the San Diego Police Department has confirmed that the SDPD is losing officers faster than they can recruit and train them.
As it stand, the department is nearly 850 officers short of their staffing goals, according to a spokesperson, and the mass exodus mostly relates to people taking better paying positions at other local law enforcement agencies.
Another challenge relates to an astronomical number of sworn officers who are at or nearing retirement age. Once they step away from the force, they take all of their knowledge with them.
The SDPD officers association has confirmed they’ve needed to cut back on investigative units because there simply isn’t enough staff to fill the positions.
San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said that 162 officers left the department in 2013. A total of 160 new ones were hired, which still puts staffing at a deficit.
Many have said they’re concerned that if these types of losses continue that crime rates may start to climb. Members of the City Council say they are well aware that compensation is the root of the problem, but have said they only have a set amount of money available to spend.
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