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Dallas Police Having Trouble Filling Ranks

May 24, 2016  | 

Dallas is an attractive city, and its skyline one of the best in the world.

But, apparently, it's not attractive when it comes to recruiting police officers.

"It's getting to the point that it's critical," said Mike Mata, vice president of the Dallas Police Association, as the department struggles to hire.

The last two academy classes have been canceled because there weren't enough applicants. Now it may have to be canceled a third time.

"When you are getting recruit classes that you aren't able to get 10 recruits in there it's not financially workable to carry that class through," Mata said.

New Dallas Police Department officers make about $45,000 a year.

They can make $10,000 to $15,000 more if they go to surrounding cities, WFAA TV reports.

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kevcopAz @ 5/24/2016 4:50 PM

well what a surprise, first they are already understaffed, under paid and with all the anti police crap going on what else would you expect? This is going on all over the nation in large cities since the officers are hung out to dry for any minor or even preserved infraction. Get used to this. IF they can even fill the ranks, the quality of the recruit will certainly go down just like it did in Miami back in the 80s when that city let the numbers of cops fall so low they did a "push" and hired thugs and criminals. Pay us what we are worth, let us do our jobs and stop persecuting us for political sake and there will not be this problem. DAH!

Tom Ret @ 5/25/2016 6:26 AM

The Obama DOJ has led the charge demonizing, scrutinizing and prosecuting the police for political reasons. The problem of hiring future qualified recruits and losing experienced veterans is the predictable result. New leadership is needed in any new president and an appreciation for the police or as KevcopAz says, it will get even worse as agencies run short and/or the quality of the new recruit declines.

132&Bush @ 5/27/2016 8:16 PM

preserved? lol

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