LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Police Department is facing a drought of applicants to hire as patrol officers.
With more than 100 openings to fill, LAPD officials are warning of a steady decline in qualified applicants, with a number of them being weeded out over past run-ins with the law or financial issues, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The department has to hire about 350 officers a year to account for attrition and officials worry they could be understaffed for years if the current trend continues, according to the Associated Press.
Attrition means fewer police officers available for patrol work and other duties.
LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO fewer people are also applying for patrol officer positions, which means the city could fall short of the 10,000-officer benchmark set by Chief Charlie Beck.