KPD Hoping to Improve Staffing and Retention Issues

The Kirskville Police Department is working to address staffing and retention issues.

City Council members say that if the half-cent parks and recreation sales tax passes later this year, they may be able to reallocate additional general revenue toward the KPD. Chief Jim Hughes told the city council during a work session this month that the current call load has gone up 88 percent since 2004. The department currently has hree shifts with five officers and one shift with four officers.

Two officers recently left the department and the Chief says only one of those two positions have been filled. He says being able to promote a competitive starting salary could help the city attract more officer candidates.