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James wrote in his plan that Greensboro’s population has grown to nearly 300,000, or 11.23%, since 2010, but police have only added 30 sworn officers since 2011.
To compound the problem, the department has 34 vacancies, or 5.2% of 683 sworn officers.
“The last significant assignment to the department was in 2011 when the department was awarded sworn officers,” James wrote in the plan.
He added that recruiting trends are not looking good as civil servant churn outpaces recruiting of newly sworn staff.
“The lack of interest in the profession results in a smaller pool of highly qualified applicants,” he wrote. “The public perception of law enforcement has also contributed to the obstacle to effective recruitment.”
James was not available for an interview prior to his presentation to the Council to discuss these issues.
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In his report, he added that the number of employees had not kept pace with population growth. The number of officers in the force per 1,000 inhabitants has decreased slightly from 2.3 per 1,000 to 2.28 per thousand.
“With a growing population, a growing economy (housing, entertainment and hotels) and a performing arts center in downtown Greensboro, the workload for civil servants is expected to increase in the near future,” wrote James.