(Waupun) Like many law enforcement agencies, the Waupun Police Department is having difficulties recruiting candidates. Police Chief Scott Louden told city officials recently that incentives will help alleviate the problem. Louden note that recruitment and retention for law enforcement is a struggle not just for the Waupun Police Department, but departments across the country.
Documentation provided to the city’s Police and Fire Commission shows that the Waupun police force is on track to see 14 thousand calls in 2021, the highest call volume they have ever experienced. Also highlighted were changes in the timeline of the hiring process, issues with keeping up normal operations while filling in for vacations, and staff morale.
City Administrator Kathy Schlieve stressed that this is not just an issue in Waupun. She says talent is an issue that affects every area, every employer, and is the economic issue of the day adding that the city will have to get “super smart” in regard to how they think about talent.
Schlieve says the need for hiring and retention incentives is about more than simply filling vacancies, saying that they cannot deliver effective services unless they have the qualified people to do so.
The Waupun Common Council is in the process of exploring incentives for new and existing personnel and its potential impact on the city budget.