One of the major challenges facing public safety in Cleveland, Ohio, isthe shortage of workforce in the police force. In a time where theresponsibilities of law enforcement agencies have expanded, the supply anddemand for officers who possess the requisite levels of qualification ischanging (Brookbank, 2016). This has led to difficulties with regards toestablishing a workforce that adequately represents the community’sdemographics. The challenges facing law enforcement agencies in Cleveland havebeen persistent since the recent economic recession that affected the UnitedStates and have proven to become more challenging despite improvements in theeconomy (Cappitelli, 2016).
Police departments are being asked to take on moreresponsibilities in assuring public safety yet the resources at their disposalhave not been increased accordingly. Attrition is among theprimary causes of the challenges being faced by law enforcement agencies withregards to maintenance of a suitable workforce level. There are positiveresults associated with attrition, as in the case of replacing officers whohave attained their retirement age with young and more energetic ones (Roufa,2017 ).
Additionally, the retrenchment of underperforming police officers isbeneficial to police agencies in their efforts to attain public safety.However, if attrition takes place in waves, maybe due to a period in the pastwhen there was a sudden boom in the recruitment of new officers, then problemsarise. The recruitment of policeofficers in Cleveland City is also faced with the challenge of decreasinglevels of physical fitness among the public in the United States. Apparently,the population has turned to sedentary ways of life, which have resulted in lowfitness levels as well as increased obesity rates.
According to an article byThe State of Obesity, the obesity rate in Ohio is the 15th highest in theUnited States. At the start of the millennium, the rate of obesity in