‘We Need Them Desperately’: US Police Departments Struggle With Critical Staffing Shortages

(CNN) — Police departments from Atlanta to Kansas City to Portland are coping with critical staffing shortages and struggling to fill their ranks from patrol officers to 911 operators, as the warm weather historically portends bursts of violence in many parts of the United States.

“The people (who) work here are working long hours, extra overtime to cover other shifts,” said Kansas City Police Interim Chief Joseph Maybin during a recent tour of the department’s 911 call center, which is experiencing longer wait times.

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