Recruiting sufficient numbers of qualified applicants to meet the staffing needs of an agency is the most fundamental human resource process in a police department. The success of the department’s recruitment efforts impacts every other function in the agency.
For years, law enforcement agencies offered good, stable employment. A readily available workforce enabled many police leaders to ignore the importance of recruitment. Today, employers nationwide, including police departments, report having difficulty attracting and retaining sufficient numbers of qualified employees. There are a number of factors both inside and outside the organization contributing to this condition.
This course will provide an overview of the issues that impact an agency’s ability to recruit sufficient numbers of qualified persons who are a ‘good fit’ within a police agency and the processes to successfully attract these individuals. In addition, factors contributing to increased levels of employee attrition and processes for developing a high retention environment will be discussed.