DC Police Working With 200 Fewer Officers Than Last Year

Police departments across the country are facing staffing shortages, with fewer people applying for jobs and existing officers resigning or retiring. D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee told the News4 I-Team the shortage is hitting especially hard here in the District.

“It’s the lowest that we’ve had in over 20 years within the Metropolitan Police Department. That is significant. That is significant,” said Contee.

Contee said that’s affecting manpower on the street in a year that’s seen homicides in the District rise 12%, with deadlier shootings from increased firepower. The I-Team found that MPD is currently working with almost 200 fewer officers than this time last year.

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