San Diego Explained: Police Retention

San Diego Explained: Police Retention

Photo by Sam Hodgson

San Diego police chief William Lansdowne (left), and Assistant Chief David Ramirez (right), pictured in 2011

The San Diego Police Department lost 119 officers last year alone — about 6 percent of the force.

Within the next four years, about half of the force will be eligible to retire. This poses a big challenge for the two men vying to become San Diego’s next mayor, Councilmen David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer.

Both have campaigned on improving police retention, vowing to increase officer compensation to keep them from leaving to work for other law enforcement agencies.

NBC 7′s Catherine Garcia and Voice of San Diego’s Lisa Halverstadt explain what tempting offers are coming out of nearby agencies, and what the SDPD is up against in this week’s San Diego Explained.

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Catherine Green

Catherine Green

Catherine Green is deputy editor at Voice of San Diego. She handles daily operations while helping to plan new long-term projects. You can contact her directly at or 619.550.5668. Follow her on Twitter: @c_s_green.

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