Johnson County police departments say they face challenges filling officer vacancies — Here’s why

Several major police departments in Johnson County are reporting vacancy rates higher than in years past and acknowledge in an ongoing struggle in recruiting new officers. Above, Overland Park police officers respond recently to reports of an armed robbery at the Marriott Hotel on Metcalf. File image.

With fewer people applying to become police officers than in years past, unfilled positions remain a major concern for some local departments in Johnson County.

The problem is due to a variety of factors, according to officials the Post talked to.