Sources within the San Jose Police Department say their staffing situation has gotten so bleak that they may soon hit the lowest number of sworn officers seen since President Ronald Regan was in office.
As it stands, there are less than 956 officers on the force, they said; by 2016 it’s estimated that number could fall by 100. Roughly three to four officers are leaving each month and academy classes are not churning out as many graduates as the department had hoped.
Elected officials say they’re taking a broad look at the problem and are trying to come up with some solutions. Some think the SJPD could benefit by bumping up pay for bilingual officers; others feel the language in the union contracts about what will happen to an officer if they are injured on the job, ensuring they know there will be a position for them to return to once they are cleared by their doctor.
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