Recruitment and Retention
In December 2019, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services held a day-long forum to discuss recruitment and retention challenges for smaller and more rural law enforcement agencies. This document focuses on the discussion from the participants.
This toolkit comprises four reports, each focusing on a different area of recruitment. The lead piece, Police Recruitment: Foundation Concepts, describes police departments’ changing recruitment needs, the obstacles that stand between the departments and their recruitment goals, and the strategies that some jurisdictions are using to overcome those obstacles. Each subsequent report, Recruiting for Diversity, Agency Collaboration in Police Officer Recruitment and Selection, and Community Partnerships in Police Recruitment, explores a specific approach to recruitment and provides specific examples of successes in these areas.