What Can Be Done About Police Officer Shortage?

Continued difficulty in hiring police officers is driving conversations among police chiefs and departments across the region in hopes of a solution to their staffing problems.

A roundtable discussion Monday in Latrobe broached using state money for sign-up bonuses and to pay for training and certification courses, Latrobe police Chief John Sleasman said.

“Oh, it’d be huge,” North Huntingdon police Chief Robert Rizzo said.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro convened the gathering, which also included Ligonier Valley police Chief John Berger and acting Rostraver police Chief John Christner.

But the hiring problem is considerably bigger than those departments — and the hurdles are significant.

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