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Staff shortage is a cause for concern among law enforcement agencies across the country

Norman, Oklahoma – Stunning bodycam video captured the moment New York City Police Department officers helped rescue a man who fell to subway tracks on Thursday.

The officers – who were on the opposite platform – had to run across a busy city street to reach the man. A Good Samaritan was already trying to help, and together, they pulled her out of harm’s way seconds before the train rolled into the station.

It is just one of the many life-threatening tasks police officers do every day. However, there are law enforcement agencies across the country facing staff shortageWith an increase in retirement rates and a decrease in the supply of new recruits.

According to a national survey conducted earlier this year by the Police Executive Research Forum, the number of new officers recruited in 2021 was 3.9% lower than in 2019.

The survey found that there were 23.6% more retirements among law enforcement in 2021 than in 2019. Also there were 42.7% more resignations among law enforcement in 2021 than in 2019. The survey determined that the increase in retirements and resignations was driven by low wages in the party.

In the Tulsa Police Department, new recruit Cheyenne Walden will not be part of the full graduating class of recruits.

“You know, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Walden told CBS News. “So this is not a job, but a career.”

Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said he is struggling to fill about 150 positions.

“There, there was a lot of scrutiny on law enforcement,” Franklin said. “And I think a lot of aspiring people who want to go into this profession have soured. They’ve taken a detour, and they’ve gone and done something else.”

Smaller law enforcement agencies are also sounding the alarm. Sgt. Shane Roddy with the University of Oklahoma Police Department (OUPD) told CBS News there are about 17 uniformed officers on staff. He said he hasn’t physically trained in an active shooter drill in years.

“The University of Oklahoma has to start funding the OUPD right now so that we can get our staffing levels up to the point that we can actually start training again,” Roddy said.

In a statement to CBS News, the university said it recently increased its police department salaries “by an average of about 8%.” However, the school noted that the pay increase is coming from open positions that have not been filled. The university, however, also said that it has hired three new officers, and that it will “continue to hire more officers in the coming months.”

Plus, Saturday brings college football to Norman — and even with other departments helping with game day security — with more than 100,000 fans on the University of Oklahoma campus, officials a nightmare scenario about Let’s worry

“There is always going to be a risk of an active shooter or armed subjects coming onto the premises and causing death or serious bodily harm,” Roddy said.

When asked if his department is “enough staffed,” Roddy replied, “Not at all.”

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