Philadelphia Police Suffer From Lowest Staffing in 22 Years

Like many other cities around the nation, Philadelphia is experiencing a decline in officer staffing numbers unlike anything seen in two decades.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross told the City Council on Wednesday, "We need to get boots on the ground more so than any crime strategy."

The Philadelphia police department currently has approximately 6,100 officers but full-staffing should put that number at 6,525.

The lack of human resources has led the department to consider amending some of it's requirements, such as raising the minimum age to 22 from 19 and removing the necessary college credits, in order to attract more applicants.


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