YAKIMA, Wash. - There are times when Zillah police Chief Dave Simmons has only one officer patrolling his Lower Valley city.
"I've got staffing issues - right now I'm trying to put officers in the schools," he
says, referring to student resource officers.
Since then, Simmons
has watched his
reserve ranks shrink from roughly five to only one.
"We're as low as we've been in a long time," he
Add the cost of uniforms and equipment on top of that, and it's a roughly $2,000 up-front investment departments must make for each candidate, Simmons
"And that doesn't guarantee that they'll complete the academy," he