LAPD seeing fewer applicants

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Police Department is struggling to recruit enough qualified candidates as fewer people are applying to join the nation’s third-largest police force.

The Los Angeles Times reports Wednesday the department is down more than 100 officers since the decline began several months ago. The department has to hire about 350 officers a year to account for attrition and officials worry they could be understaffed for years if the current trend continues.

Attrition means fewer police officers available for patrol work and other duties.

The department earlier this year celebrated a long-sought goal of having 10,000 officers. But there are fewer applicants and among those who do there are a higher number of them who are being disqualified from consideration.

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