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New Cadet Program Prepares Young People for Careers in Public Safety

A new, national program is working hand-in-hand with law enforcement and other public safety entities to give young people direct, intensive experience in the field. The Public Safety Cadets (PSC) is a nonprofit organization that aims to mentor, train, and prepare young men and women for a career in law enforcement, fire-rescue or emergency medical services.

February 13, 2019

Honolulu Facing Police Shortage as Mainland Agencies Recruit Hawaiian Officers

Berkeley Police Face Staffing Crisis as Police Exit California City

Many officers say BPD is a very different place today than it once was. Those who left did so for a variety of reasons, but themes that emerged included the lack of political and community support; inadequate staffing, with days off denied and forced overtime; heavy caseloads for investigators; shrinking chances for special assignments; and sinking morale. Many who are still at BPD have expressed similar grievances.

December 21, 2018

Application Rate for Jobs at U.S. Agencies Plummets

“There’s an increased potential for officers to be criminally liable for making a good-faith mistake,” said Terry Sult, the police chief in Hampton, Va. “We’re seeing a lot more media coverage of officers being prosecuted, and that weighs heavily on a lot of officers' hearts. ... That’s a stressor on whether I want to stay in this position or not.”

December 5, 2018

Las Vegas Shooting Survivor Sworn in as Oregon Police Officer

Las Vegas Shooting Survivor Sworn in as Oregon Police Officer

When gunfire erupted at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas last October, Lauren Card fled from the sounds of the guns. Now, she has sworn an oath to run toward danger to protect others as a member of the Springfield (OR) Police Department.

August 24, 2018

Memphis Drops Degree Requirement for Police Recruits

"This is a type of job that you have the ability to take someone's life," said Michael R. Williams, Memphis Police Association President. "This is a type of job that you're going to serve as a police officer in what the FBI has deemed the second or third most violent city in the nation per capita."

June 6, 2018

Agencies Engage in "Wage War" to Fill Recruit Ranks

Highway Patrol Col. Mike Rapich has observed what he calls a “wage war” among agencies competing for personnel. “We’re in a really aggressive recruiting effort,” he says, “probably more so than I’ve seen in the 25 years I’ve been with the agency.”

April 18, 2018

MN City Extends Police Recruiting Deadline Hoping for More Applicants
Video: Utah Highway Patrol Looking to Hire 100 Troopers
Video: Dallas Chief Says Millennial Mindset Partially to Blame for Recruiting Problems
Video: Texas Agency's "Star Wars" Themed Recruiting Video a Facebook Hit
Video: LAPD Launches Paid Training Program for High School Grads

Video: LAPD Launches Paid Training Program for High School Grads

Through the Pledge to Patrol program – also known as the Associate Community Officer Program or A-COP – more than two dozen high school graduates will be working part-time for the Los Angeles Police Department as a way to train the next generation of police officers.

November 28, 2017

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