Police departments across the country are struggling to hire new cops and it’s now forcing cities to get creative. The Phoenix Police Department is looking out of state to fill more than 300 open positions. They’re also raising annual salaries, offering hiring bonuses, and turning to social media to spread the word. Everything from politics, to the job market, and overall lack of interest is to blame, they say.
Seattle’s police union fired back against the city’s “media blitz” on Monday’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate deadline, arguing the department’s “gross mismanagement” in barring some 100 officers granted medical and religious exemptions from continuing to serve will result in an “untenable public safety crisis.”