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I can’t speak for specifics of recruiting in any particular police service, but what I’m hearing across the board is low volume and low quality of applicants, and fierce competition for the relatively few strong ones. Not many people particularly want to do the job anymore despite the objectively quite good pay and benefits. A lot of those that do are… not suitable.
I would say this is true across the country for many jobs. Skilled trades (from cooks, to millwrights), nurses, doctors, dental hygienists, PSWs, cops, military, etc.This from last year sounds like Trail, B.C. RCMP have a staffing problem. Even before this topic of discussion started.
From what I understand, it's not just the RCMP.
Emergency services across the country are short staffed.
UPDATED: Trail councillor concerned with RCMP staffing : My Kootenay NowA Trail councillor says the RCMP’s long-term disability program is contributing to staffing shortages locally and elsewhere. Nick Cashol, a retired member of the local […]www.mykootenaynow.com
We failed to set up our society for a smooth continuity, basically killing the training from the ground up method which existed until the 70s or 80s and instead just robbed skilled people from other companies/groups for decades. Now all those skilled people have retired and there is no one to replace them. A seriously shortsighted mentality which saved money for some companies for a couple decades but will damage our society for years to come.
Educationally we failed to train or prepare people for those jobs relying instead on driving people into a increasingly worthless degree system (partially due to the drop in quality, partially due to the amount of people who possess said education) and ignoring the basics we need for our society to function.
There is going to have to be a serious change in how society does things to fix this. Unfortunately we likely lack the will to make this happen. Instead we will keep screaming about how we need people as we do nothing to fix it.