Recruitment and Selection Strategies for Law Enforcement Agencies

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Recruitment and Selection Strategies for Law Enforcement Agencies Juan Estrada
Calumet College of St. Joseph
PSM 444, Focus Paper
Chicago, Illinois
October 16, 2012

Table of Contents
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I.Abstract…………………………………………………………….3 II.Introduction…………………………………………………………….4 III.Research …………………………………………………………….4 IV.Implementation…………………………………………………………...12 V.Conclusion…………………………………………………………….15 VI.References…………………………………………………………….17

Abstract
This paper will examine the issues of recruitment and selection that plague many police departments around the country. It seems that when the initial entry exams are offered to the public, the problem arises in the quantity and quality of the applicants that arrive to take them. The reader will have an understanding of the reasons that may be responsible. This paper will examine what some police departments, as well as businesses in the private sector, have done to correct the problem of recruitment and selection. After an exploration of various methods, provided will be educated suggestions in improving the recruitment and selection practices of law enforcement agencies. This paper will thoroughly discuss specific approaches and their objectives. Techniques to inspire management and subordinates with recommendations will also be discussed. Understandably, these suggestions will come at a cost, however, this paper will describe how these cost may be counter balanced. The reader will be provided with the methods used in evaluating the strategies’ effectiveness.

Introduction
With any well-ran business or organization, recruitment and selection is pivotal in maintaining its success. However, staffing is no easy task, and this also holds true when it comes to law enforcement agencies. It is not merely sufficient to hire an adequate amount of individuals; it is necessary to hire the right ones that are capable of handling such a demanding job. Police departments face many obstacles while recruiting and selecting their officers that are going to man their streets. While some struggle with these hurdles, other departments have taken to replenishing with ease. The public sector does not stand alone with hiring issues as private businesses have faced similar challenges. Many strategies may be utilized in the ever-lasting endeavor of recruiting and selecting. Selling these approaches can go a long way in seeing them implemented in one’s agency as well as taking into consideration cost factors. Also, one must be prepared to provide a system of evaluation for any presented proposition. Research

Filling openings became more difficult as they seem to have currently increased. The U.S Department of Justice [USDOJ] (2009) suggests that vacancies in police departments have risen and give the following explanation for its findings: In recent years, several factors have created an unusually high number of vacancies in police departments, according to anecdotal evidence from the field. Police officers called to active duty with military reserve units and the National Guard left their posts to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some veteran police officers, lured away by higher pay, separated from public service to pursue security work at big corporations or to take police trainer positions with contractors overseas. Officers from state and local agencies accepted positions with federal agencies that were ramping up to fight terrorism. Baby boomer officers who joined the police force in the 1960s and 1970s began retiring in high numbers. The general view among police leaders is that recruitment has not kept pace with the changes. (p. 3) Therefore, recruiters for several law enforcement agencies already find themselves in an up-hill battle. Not only do they have to deal with the increased amount of vacancies; more importantly, they must meticulously fill these positions with the right individuals for the job. Applicants should have an accurate understanding of what...
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