Philadelphia Hires Citizens To Handle Police Work As Staffing Crisis Grows In Dem-Run City

Mayor Jim Kenney announced the new program on Tuesday designed to help alleviate the ongoing police officer shortage.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 19: Chicago police officers patrol downtown as the city celebrates the Chicago Sky's WNBA title on October 19, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The city has started to place police officers on unpaid leave for refusing to comply with the city's requirements that they report their COVID-19 vaccination status. Only about 65 percent of the city's police have complied with the order. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Philadelphia will “expand its use of civilians in some roles within the Philadelphia Police Department. This landmark change will support public safety by allowing for redeployment of uniformed resources to areas of need,” according to a statement from the mayor’s office.
  • The city’s police force has reportedly been short by 1,300 officers earlier this year.
  • The Democratic-led city has faced growing concerns regarding violent crime and keeping law enforcement personnel both during and after the pandemic.

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