Police recruiting has faced challenges for several years. Recent events are likely to make that worse.
Images on the news of police officers being cursed at, spit upon, and assaulted with everything from water bottles, to bricks, to molotov cocktails does not help to inspire new recruits to apply.
To combat these shrinking hiring pools and to get good, qualified, professional applicants, departments are going to have to offer excellent pay and benefits.
Pay scales and incentives like longevity pay are also needed to retain good cops facing an ever more challenging working environment.