WPR News
8:06 am
Mon March 23, 2009

Police departments continue to lose officers to the military

Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming's sheriff and police departments are continuing to be shorthanded due to officers getting called up to serve in the military. Cheyenne Police Chief Bob Fecht says for five years now he's had officers leaving to serve, and he's glad to support the military. But he says the loss of staff is a challenge: "From what I see the biggest burden is financially for an agency. When a squad is short the other officers feel that much differently."

Fecht says the loss of officers can mean the department's response time to emergency calls is longer. He says it costs more, because they have to pay more overtime and sometimes re-train officers when they come back from serving. Cheyenne has 105 sworn officers and Fecht says 13 of them are in the National Guard or Reserves.