‘A Potential Crisis’: Area Police Chiefs Fight Officer Shortages

Local police chiefs say their departments are being stretched dangerously close to a breaking point due to staffing shortages, overworked employees, and the loss of experienced officers to retirement or competitive job offers.

For several months Claremont and Newport Police Departments have been operating at low-to-minimum staffing levels due in part to ongoing challenges to build up the police force, according to local police chiefs.

“We often get close to being full-staffed, and then something happens and it goes away,” Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase told the Claremont City Council on Wednesday.

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