National Security Minister Robert Montague says government is employing retired police officers and private security guards to boost police numbers.
He says this is being done until the training is increased.
Mr. Montague says some three thousand officers are needed.
The minister previously noted that the Police College is training an average of 550 recruits per year, but the JCF is losing 500 personnel per annum, pointing out that more recruits will have to be accommodated.
He explains that the recruitment drive for both the police and the military has been stepped up but there is a challenge with accommodation.