Phoenix Police Short More Than 500 Officers As Staffing Shortage Worsens

PHOENIX — Phoenix police are now 501 officers short among their ranks. 

It’s part of the staffing issues that have forced the department to move officers from specialty units back to patrol to lower how long it takes them to answer 911 calls. 

In February, Executive Assistant Chief Mike Kurtenbach told 12 News the department was short more than 400 officers. 

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