Arizona police agencies in desperate need of officers, looking to hire hundreds

There’s a critical emergency at your local law enforcement agency, and now they’re calling you for help.

From police to sheriff departments and even the state, almost every agency in the country is facing a huge shortage of police officers. Many departments have hundreds of open positions listed.

“We are facing trying times, we are depleted of resources,” said Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone at a press conference held at the Phoenix branch of Northern Arizona University on Monday.  

“We have a vacancy of about 385 right now, by next year we hope to have 400 spots filled,” said Commander Brian Lee, a recruiting specialist with the Phoenix Police Department.  

“Somewhere around 165 to 185 trooper positions for us, and about the same number of professional staff we’re hiring,” said Col. Frank Milstead with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.  

A spokesman for the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office said they had 277 open positions for detention officers and 89 open positions for sworn officers or deputies, which brings the total to 366 vacancies……….

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