On Friday, February 3, 2017, PLEA President Ken Crane, PLEA Secretary Frank Marino, and PLEA Trustee Tim Baiardi met with District 7 Councilman Michael Nowakowski to discuss manpower and staffing concerns.
As Chairman of the City’s Public Safety Subcommittee, Councilman Nowakowski expresses the same concerns we have regarding our current staffing level and stepping up the recruiting and hiring process. PLEA believes that in order to bring the Phoenix Police Department up to a staffing level of 4200 sworn officers, which would give us a ratio of 2.5 officers per 1000 citizens in a city covering approximately 530 square miles, we need to hire 500 new officers each year. Factoring in normal attrition rates from the academy through field training and probation, plus retirements of approximately 100 officers per year this would still amount to a net gain of approximately 250 officers per year, which would get us to that level in 6 years.
Councilman Nowakowski also agrees that we need to actively recruit at military posts and other out of state venues as well as pursue recruiting of lateral candidates.
PLEA remains committed in our efforts to ensure the Phoenix Police Department has adequate staffing to safely and efficiently carry out our core mission of protecting the public and we will keep you advised of our efforts and progress.