San Jose Leaders Declare Unprecedented Crisis In Police Staffing

SAN JOSE, CA – Police and city leaders Thursday announced mandatory overtime and the possible cancellation of an academy for new officers in a department where they say recruitment and retention is still reeling from city efforts to reduce costly pensions. The announcement came a day after a taxpayer group launched a legal effort to maintain Measure B pension reforms voters approved in 2012 that union leaders blame for…

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Nevada Declares Critical Shortage Of Rural Prison Guards

State officials declared a critical labor shortage Tuesday for rural Nevada prison guards, a job that’s low-paying compared with other law enforcement careers, can involve harassment from inmates and means living in far-flung communities short on affordable housing. The Nevada Board of Examiners voted Tuesday to approve the designation, which allows the state to hire back retirees without adversely affecting their public employee pensions. Officials with the Nevada Department…

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Portsmouth Firefighter Suspended After Speaking With Media About Staff Shortages

PORTSMOUTH, VA – A firefighter was recently suspended, according to union sources, for talking to the media about staff shortages. Nathan Clark, a member of International Association of Firefighters Local 539 and a City Council candidate, wouldn’t name the firefighter or say when or how long the suspension was. But it appears that firefighter is union President Rusty Quillin. Quillin talked to WAVY in December after a man died…

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After Losing Half Its Police, Sierra Madre To Temporarily Contract With LA County Sheriff’S Department

SIERRA MADRE, CA – To provide relief to the half-staffed city police department, the Sierra Madre City Council approved a contract with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department to provide nighttime patrol services at Tuesday’s council meeting. The Sierra Madre Police Department has experienced a significant loss in officers over the last several months, with nine out of 20 full-time officers leaving the force; a few retired while several sought…

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APD Chief: Officer Shortage To Get Worse

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden says he expects the police department’s ranks to shrink for another year or so, even though the size and number of police academy classes have increased and hundreds of “qualified candidates” are expressing interest in the department every month. The department has 135 fewer officers than the 1,000 authorized, Eden said, and the number who will become eligible to retire will…

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