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Police Departments Desperately Seeking To Fill Spots Despite Hefty Bonuses, Strong Pay

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Police academies in the US, including San Francisco, are facing a significant decline in enrollment, reflecting a broader nationwide trend.

Factors such as high living costs, negative perceptions of law enforcement, and increased public scrutiny have contributed to the shortage of officers.

“The scarcity underscores a major problem for San Francisco, but one that’s also plaguing cities and towns across the US. San Francisco beefed up efforts this month to reverse the slide by lifting the starting pay for officers with no experience to $112,398 — the highest for rookie cops in big US cities, nearly double the level in New York City and more than what many US Secret Service agents earn,” the report noted. (Trending: Fox News Star Accused Of Major Scandal)

“We are bending over backwards,” San Francisco Police Department’s Patrick McCormick said.

“Twenty years ago, we would have hundreds of people knocking down our door to be police officers,” Ithaca police chief Ted Schwartz said. “That’s not true in our society anymore.”

The shortage has led to longer response times for emergency calls in some areas and has prompted cities to offer high salaries and bonuses to attract new recruits.

“These bonuses sound more like sports teams than a civil service position,” Police Executive Research Forum’s Chuck Wexler said. “I’ve never seen anything like it. It feels like desperation.”

Despite efforts to increase recruitment, the future of police staffing remains uncertain, with political debates arising around budget allocation and long-term solutions.

“They’re just throwing money at the problem,” Barry Donelan said.

“When you talk about $50,000, $75,000 they become mercenaries. You think that officer really wants to put roots down?”

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