POLICE CHIEF ADDRESSES OFFICER SHORTAGE IN ST. THOMAS 7/10/2018 10:04:12 AM
St. Thomas' Police Chief is speaking out regarding a shortage of officers in the city.
Police forces in Canada, on average, employ 188 officers for every 100,000 Canadians. However, in St. Thomas, there are only 71 officers. Based on the averages and the population in the city, we should be up around 75 officers.
Chris Herridge tells myFM News that with the shortage, along with filling sick leaves and vacations, there's a lot of strain being put on front line officers.
Herridge says that that his officers still do an amazing job despite the added pressures of limited staff.
Herridge says that the St. Thomas Police Service has responded to 2,200 more incidents in the first six months of 2018.
He says that the increase in calls for service is mostly due to the rise in social issues like addictions and homelessness.