A storm of state and local budget constraints, retirements and high-profile police-involved shootings in recent years have led to a growing shortage of police officers. Add to the mix—a strengthening economy, making private sector employment even more enticing. The issue is affecting departments from Houston, Texas to Hartford, Connecticut, where departments are short hundreds to thousands of officers. Departments are doing things like offering tuition reimbursement to retooling drug testing policies to help attract qualified candidates. We talk to the president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police about the root of the problem, recruitment and what it means for officers nationwide.