SANTA FE – Too much to do and too few people to do it.
That’s one of the big takeaways from an assessment of the personnel and staffing needs of the Santa Fe Police Department that the city hired the National Police Foundation to conduct.
Littered throughout the 34-page report are references to staffing shortages and the repercussions of running a department that’s budgeted for 173 sworn police officers, but is functioning with 141, an 18% shortage.
In addition, SFPD is budgeted for 58 civilian staffers but only has 43, a vacancy rate of 26%. “A review of the most current organizational chart reveals that the staffing shortage affects every division, section, and unit within the agency, as virtually every unit is documenting vacancies,” the report says. “As police staffing decreases, unmet demands and workloads increase.”