Phoenix Police Department Begins Year With Shortage Of 550 Officers

“We have a total of 2,575 sworn employees currently and we are budgeted for 3,125. I’ll let you do the math,” Rossi said. 

Rossi attributes the short staffing partly on a hiring freeze that happened years ago.

“There was a six-year hiring freeze many years back,” Rossi said. “Part of that is just trying to recover from that hiring freeze. It was a matter of economics during the downturn.” 

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