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Why are so many officers leaving the SDPD?


Aired 4/19/09

Mayor Jerry Sanders has announced his plan for retaining San Diego Police Officers. Host Tom Fudge speaks with experts about the issue and looks at how police staffing is declining nationwide.

"I was hired during the mid-70s, back 25-30 years ago, the only competitive police department you really had to deal with was the Sheriffs Department. You didn't have the enormous burgeoning growth of Chula Vista, Riverside, and that sort of thing. The choices for our officers to go to departments that pay competitive benefits have expanded tremendously."
-Bill Nemec, President of the San Diego Police Officers Association


  • Bill Nemec is President of the San Diego Police Officers Association .
  • Fred Sainz is Communications Director for San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders.
  • Jeremy Wilson is Associate Director of the RAND Center on Quality Policing.

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