By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said the staffing levels at the police department have reached a critical low as the city tries to stop record gun violence. The commissioner said they are not attracting new candidates at the number they once saw.

Outlaw spoke at a public hearing held by the Philadelphia City Council Special Committee on Gun Violence Prevention on Wednesday.

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The police department has about 6,100 sworn officers. It’s looking for 275 more.

On top of that, close to a thousand officers are not currently working.

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CBS3 contacted the department for a breakdown about the reasons why and we are waiting for a response.

That leaves only about 5,100 officers on the force to date.

“It is a reality that our numbers are at a very critical low,” Outlaw said. “Our authorized strength was reduced in the last budget process… process before last – and it was not restored but even with that said, it takes some time to get the bodies here.”

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Outlaw said new requirements for recruits are also part of the challenge. For example, potential applicants have to live in the city for a year.