The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in major local government labor loss across the country, impacting cities, towns and villages' ability to deliver vital services to their communities. Research indicates that public safety roles, especially policing roles, have been among the hardest local government jobs to fill. From 2020 to 2021, police hirings have declined by 5 percent while resignations (18%) and retirements (45%) have increased. Besides an aging workforce, pandemic-related work fatigue and negative perceptions about police related to inequitable criminal legal system outcomes have been driving these trends. 

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