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Police departments in SoCal seeking new recruits




Job seekers stop at the Los Angeles Police Department's job recruiting desk at Choice Career Fair at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Job seekers stop at the Los Angeles Police Department's job recruiting desk at Choice Career Fair at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
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A hiring crunch is plaguing police departments all across Southland. The problem is so bad the Burbank Police Department recently submitted a new recruitment plan to the city to help bring in qualified applicants.

Neighboring cities like Glendale, Pasadena and Los Angeles are experiencing the same pipeline issues.

According to one source, new positions for law enforcement officers in California have jumped by 600 percent since 2010, compared with just 7 percent for firefighters during the same period.

An ever-improving economy and heightened scrutiny on the professor are factors. What can police departments do to bring in new and qualified people?

Guests:

Lou Turriaga, a 28-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department and a director with the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union for LAPD officers

Maria Haberfeld, a professor of police science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City