By Tory Brownyard, president, Brownyard Group

The Great Recession has reconfigured many industries, including the public sector. Local governments are cutting back across the board, including their police departments. A 2011 survey by the Fraternal Order of Police estimates that the U.S. lost between 12,000 and 15,000 sworn officer positions since the beginning of the recession; the International Association of Chiefs of Police estimates that 10,000 positions have been lost.

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