Calgary chief says country short more than 7,000 officers
Police forces across the country are facing a massive shortage of officers, Calgary’s top cop said yesterday on the final day of the Canadian Association of Police Chiefs conference.
Calgary Police Chief Jack Beaton said the country needs at least 7,000 additional police officers, and to do that means making police work more attractive to potential candidates.
“We’ve been stepping up recruitment for the past four and a half years. We’re going to have to look at different ways to recruit with the changing demographics,” Beaton said, explaining a wave of senior cops has recently retired and bringing new blood on board is a constant challenge.
“A lot of the newer generations don’t want to work all day like us baby boomers. They want quality of life, they want flexible hours and they want to spend time with their families. We need to find a way to accommodate that.”
Jack Ewatski, president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, echoed Beaton’s staffing call to arms, saying the officer shortage is a major issue in many Canadian cities.
“Recruitment is an issue of the changing demographics in Canada and it is a dramatic example of a crisis that is looming and present. Human resources issues across Canada is our No. 1 priority,” Ewatski, chief of the Winnipeg Police Service, said.
“We’re going to have to look at different ways to recruit with the changing demographics,” says Calgary Police Chief Jack Beaton.