Police: Officer Shortage in County Due to Lack of Quality Applicants

CBS St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The St. Louis County Police Department says a difficult part of hiring about 30 officers needed to be fully staffed is finding quality applicants.

About 900 officers are working in St. Louis County, including municipalities that contract with the department, says recruitment officer Kevin Minor.

He says they are suffering from what they call the “Ferguson effect” and a lack of trust, and many officers have chosen to go to the private sector.

“Trust will come back around,” Minor says. “But there’s some things that need to be corrected by law enforcement and court systems and things like that. We understand that.”

And he says it’s not unique to the St. Louis region.

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