Police Officer Shortage Raises Questions About Public Safety

JEFFERSON COUNTY (KMOV) — There are labor shortages in St. Louis and around the world. The shortage of workers stretches from restaurants to factories to construction sites and law enforcement.

Locally, there are more police officer jobs in the St. Louis region than there are qualified officers to fill them. In a tweet Thursday, Lt. Col. Troy Doyle with the St. Louis County Police Department raised concerns that a shortage of officers could impact public safety.

“The overall state of public safety is threatened by the ongoing trend of reduced staffing levels. Outside of officer safety issues, what this means to you the community is longer response times, fewer crimes being solved, and overworked stressed-out police officers,” Doyle said on social media.

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