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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]