Philadelphia hires citizens to do police work due to staffing shortages

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“Between December 2021 and April 2022, the City notified the FOP of its intent to expand the use of non-sworn unit personnel to perform work that has been performed by police officers.  The interest arbitration panel reconvened to hear evidence on the City’s proposal to have more work that does not require law enforcement training or certification done by civilians,” the statement added.

The statement said that civilians could do work including the reviewing of body-worn camera footage, mail delivery, and graphics and audio-visual materials. Civilians that already have training can assist in things like forensic investigations. Additionally, new positions will be created for civilians to do routine traffic enforcement to reduce congestion in key areas and assist with clearing abandoned vehicles.

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