The San Diego Police Department can’t hire and train new recruits as fast as veteran officers are leaving the force. Chief Shelley Zimmerman says that’s partly because of the “national dialogue” around police officers that the media has fostered. Is there any evidence to back up her claim?
San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman talked to a community group in Normal Heights April 16 about one of her department’s biggest problems: It doesn’t have enough officers.
Zimmerman can’t hire police as fast as they’re retiring or leaving for other jobs. The city of San Diego actually has fewer officers now than it did in 2011, when this crisis first pushed the city to commit to spending $140 million to recruit more prospects and train them through new police academies.
As years passed, that plan wasn’t working, so the City Council and mayor acted again. They increased officer compensation.
It still isn’t working. Now the police union is passing arounda new plan, which might allow the city to rehire retired police.
All of this is to say this is not a new problem for SDPD.