Budget cuts mean the departing public safety personnel are not being replaced.
Memphis Police sources say the officer shortage has gotten to the point where some shifts are understaffed, some calls take hours to respond to, and overtime is now the norm.
Police Director Toney Armstrong says soon, citizens will notice a difference.
"Going forward with the declining police force it's going to be nearly impossible for us to continue to offer services at that level," says Armstrong.
Armstrong says soon you may not see officers responding to non-emergency, traffic, and burglary calls.
According to the director in 2013, 114 officers left the Memphis Police force.
"They're seeking opportunities elsewhere," says Armstrong. "That's a lot of talent that we're losing. That's a lot of senior officers, leadership, that we're losing."
Mayor A C Wharton says his administration has been investigating why the officers are leaving.
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