Oakland officer shortage to persist in '08, police chief says


Christopher Heredia, Chronicle Staff Writer
San Francisco Chronicle

As Oakland welcomed 30 much-needed new police officers to the ranks Friday, Chief Wayne Tucker had sobering news.

The department is unable to meet its projection that it would be fully staffed at 803 officers this year, he told The Chronicle. Instead, an officer deficit is likely through 2008, he said.

Tucker said he had underestimated the number of officer retirements, which now are occurring at a rate of more than five per month. He also cited a lack of senior officers to train new recruits in the field.

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