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St. Louis Chief Hopes End of Residency Requirement Boosts Recruiting

Chief John Hayden said Tuesday he hopes that the recent removal of the residency requirement for his department will help generate a net increase of about 100 officers over the next year.

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Missouri Legislation Would End Residency Requirements for Officers

St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden says his department is currently down 145 officers and that the residency requirement is the greatest challenge his department has with recruitment and retention.

Houston Chief Invites Defunded Officers to Join His Department

“People of Houston, they don’t want less policing, they want better policing and well-trained police officers,” Chief Art Acevedo told a crowd that included 44 graduating cadets."

Union Says Seattle Officers Struggling with Morale After Chief's Resignation

“It’s going to be really difficult to even get police officers to come here in the future because public safety is at risk,” Union head Mike Solan said.

New Jersey Department Changes Grooming Standards in Recruiting Effort

The Camden County (NJ) Police Department—in an effort to boost recruiting—has adopted new grooming and appearance standards for its police officers.

Teen Lauded for Delivering to Police Bag Filled with $135K in Cash

A teenager in New Mexico who aspired to become a police officer is being lauded for "doing the right thing" after he discovered a large bag of money near an ATM machine in Albuquerque late last week.

The Lighthouse: Cops Are a Beacon for American Kids

Cops have a truly unique opportunity to be the lighthouse that guides little ships—our children—giving them immediate safety, guiding them to future security, and finding them safe harbor.

Small Indiana Department Seeks to Double Number of Sworn Officers

A small town of just less than 4,000 citizens northeast of Indianapolis is seeking to double the number of sworn police officers in coming months.

Kansas Agency Sees Record Number of Women in Latest Recruit Class

The Wichita (KS) Police Department has a total of 12 female recruits in its latest academy class—the most women ever in a single recruiting round—up from eight women in last year's batch of would-be WPD officers.

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The De-Policing Crisis

Even after lowering the hiring standards, many agencies can't fill their ranks. In some cities it's common for detectives and other plainclothes personnel to be sent out in uniform on patrol. In some jurisdictions it's not unusual for patrol units to field 50% of their allocated officers because they just don't have enough people to do the job.