Dayton Police Officers Quit, Recruits Drop Out. Staffing Issues Worsen

The Dayton Police Department should have 365 sworn officers — but doesn’t. It had 336 officers at the end of November.

That’s because the agency has struggled mightily with attrition and recruitment.

The police department started 2023 with the lowest staffing level in years, and that was before more than 50 officers retired or resigned.

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