Phoenix PD down 500 officers as hiring freeze takes effect

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PHOENIX – The city's hiring freeze has begun and the Phoenix Police Department has been greatly affected.

The Police Department has two precincts to fill but does not have enough officers to fill those positions.

A spokesman for the department said they do not want to reduce the number of police officers patrolling the streets. So, the department was forced to make cuts in specialty departments.

“We have reduced the number of motor officers out on the street, we have reduced the number of investigative details, the detectives that are conducting follow-up, our investigative details are below what their staffing is normally,” Sgt. Steve Martos said.

Approximately 187 specialty detail positions have not been filled over the past year.

Phoenix police say the crimes rates have been down since 2009. The hiring freeze is not expected to be lifted until sometime between 2013 and 2014.