Miami Police Department Facing Officer Shortage

MIAMI (AP) -- The Miami Herald reports the Miami Police Department is short 84 officers. And, the newspaper says the gap is getting worse as 250 officers are set to retire in the next five years.

Chief Manuel Oroso blames outdated hiring practices and administrative process for the lack of new officers.

Recruiting new officers gets bogged down in part because applicants who haven't worked for other departments must pass a state-mandated abilities test and a civil service exam. The Herald reports most South Florida departments only require the state test.

Then recruits take agility and psychological exams. Then there's the background check which can take four months. Only one in 10 applicants get job offers. By that time, many have accepted positions elsewhere.

Starting salary in Miami is $45,929.

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  • by Anonymous on May 22, 2012 at 05:14 PM
    Starting salary is 45.000. This is a dangerous job. It's a miracle that anyone gets to retire from working as a police officer.Some people can't see that this is a job. They see it as a gang, it's them or us type of thing.Taking down a cop is like taking down a enemy threat.They are there for anybody that has a problem. To protect and serve, it's a job. They go home to families like anybody does after their work day is over.45,000 dollars, thats kinda cheap for Miami, I can see why there's a shortage.
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