Despite A New Class Of Grads, Pittsburgh’s Police Staffing Woes Mirror A National Trend

The focus on the 24 recruits who graduated from the Pittsburgh police academy last week began before their classes even started — perhaps before some of them even applied to the academy.

They come to the bureau at a tumultuous time. Chief Larry Scirotto has been at the helm of the department for less than a year. Fallout from the 2021 death of Jim Rogers after a violent arrest continues. And they join a force that is losing officers far faster than it recruits them.

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