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Delmonico said he won’t know for sure how many Minneapolis officers have left until Monday. He said he’s asked the department to institute a fixed number of minimum officers for each shift, but believes it has adjusted its minimum staffing levels as the retirements accumulate.
The short-term solution is to bring in officers on overtime, and Seroka confirmed that it’s one of the options being considered.
St. Paul’s situation easier
Elsewhere, the retirements have caused fewer problems.
By this weekend, the St. Paul Police Department will have seen 21 retirements of sworn officers since the beginning of the year, said police spokesman Howie Padilla. That’s compared to 23 retirements in all of last year and 16 in all of 2012. Police had previously said that there would be about 105 St. Paul officers that would be eligible for retirement.
The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office has had six retirements of sworn staff so far this year, the same number it had last year, said office spokesman Randy Gustafson. The sheriff’s office said earlier that about 30 percent of its sworn deputies could have been eligible for retirement.
“Retirement is always such an individual decision, with factors of the individual’s personal life, family ages, spouse retirement plans, job satisfaction, etc., it is difficult to really predict the numbers,” Gustafson wrote in an e-mail.
Staff writer Nicole Norfleet contributed to this report. Matt McKinney • 612-217-1747