(RestoreAmericanGlory.com) – Police data has shown that, much like many law enforcement agencies across the United States, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department had its lowest staffing record. This comes as many police officers have decided to leave the city that had previously been declared the country’s murder capital.
According to the data, the police department currently has more than 300 vacancies, while their budget is for 1,224 officers. On Monday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that there had been a high number of departures, which had made it hard for the police department to replace all the necessary staff.
Joe Steiger, the St. Louis Police Officers Association business manager, stated that he had never heard of something so “low.” He added that he had first joined the force in 1995 and that at the time they had close to 1,600 officers, while now that number is under 1,000.
The SLMPD data has shown a gradual decline in the number of members in the police department since 2020. At the start of 2020, there were over 1,200 commissioned employees, while a year later that had dropped to 1,198. At the start of last year, that number had dropped to 1,130.
In August, over a dozen former St. Louis police officers informed the Post-Dispatch that they had decided to leave the force due to the staffing shortages. Some had also mentioned the lack of political support as part of the reason for their departure.
In October, in order to address the staff shortage, SLMPD Chief Robert Tracy offered $500 to any community member who helped an officer be recruited successfully.
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