Russia employs more than 900,000 police officers to serve its population of 146 million, making it have one of the world’s largest police forces, but Interior Ministry Chief Vladimir Kolokoltsev says the county is facing a “critical” shortage of officers, affecting the country’s crime rates.
The numbers give Russia almost 630 officers per 100,000 people or more than double those employed in the United States or the United Kingdom; but poor wages, stress, and corruption are taking a toll, reports the BBC.
Many former officers told the BBC that they’re leaving the force and taking less stressful, better-paid jobs.
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