CT Police Staffing Levels Down 25-to-30 Percent, Union Leaders Warn

With staffing levels for local police departments down from 25-to-30 percent, state lawmakers are beginning to grapple with potential solutions to the growing problem of recruiting and retaining law enforcement.

Community roundtables and neighborhood policing are good ways to defend against crime legislators, cops and lawmakers say. But making the law enforcement profession attractive after several years of national criticism toward rogue officers requires a shift in the public’s perception and larger efforts to recruit younger cops, including the use of high school-age academies that recently brought 40 kids to a New Haven junior cadet program.

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