I don't think its entirely a money issue. I know people at my department that could save a decent amount working ot, or take out a small loan to easily make it through the academy. The big issue seems to be people being away from their family/kids for 6 months or not having the confidence they'll be able to finish the academy . Interest in LE is significantly down for all departments. But if 200k paycheck AND, most importantly, a take home cruiser doesnt incentivize people, not much else will.