Tacoma To Implement Recruitment Incentives For Police Officers Amid Staffing Shortage

The city of Tacoma is implementing recruitment incentives to hire police officers as the department faces a staffing shortage.

There are 50 budgeted positions in the Tacoma Police Department that are unfilled, out of more than 300 total positions, according to city staff.

“We are down 50 police officers, and we have absolutely seen the rise in violent crimes and petty crimes and public safety issues in our community,” Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards said at the Tacoma City Council meeting Tuesday evening.

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