SDPD officials provide update on staffing issues

SDPD officials provide update on staffing issues

fox5sandiego.com

[trib_ndn vid=25242718]SAN DIEGO – The attrition rate of officers in the San Diego Police Department has been lowered to eight per month, but the agency is still struggling to build up its ranks, Assistant Chief Shelley Zimmerman said Wednesday.

In a report to the City Council’s Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee, Zimmerman said the attrition rate is down from 10 per month, despite the loss of 30 officers and 14 recruits since the beginning of the fiscal year on July 1.

San Diego Police DepartmentThe SDPD is budgeted for 1,977 officers, and employs 1,841 – with 82 of those in field training or academies, she said.

“We are currently 136 officers below our budgeted staffing,” said Zimmerman.

Numerous SDPD officers have been lured to nearby law enforcement agencies for several years now by higher take-home pay and better benefits.

Police Chief William Lansdowne said the competition for officers is fierce.

“It is…

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