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Editorial: Don’t Relax Standards

Editorial: Don’t Relax Standards

The officer shortage has reached critical levels, but law enforcement agencies still need to make sure they hire the right people.

August 3, 2021

The De-Policing Crisis

The De-Policing Crisis

Even after lowering the hiring standards, many agencies can't fill their ranks. In some cities it's common for detectives and other plainclothes personnel to be sent out in uniform on patrol. In some jurisdictions it's not unusual for patrol units to field 50% of their allocated officers because they just don't have enough people to do the job.

January 3, 2020

Looking Back: Child Burn Victims, Recruiting Women, and a Female Motor Officer
How To Get a Job in Law Enforcement

How To Get a Job in Law Enforcement

The economy is better now, and funding for law enforcement is rapidly being restored. This is good news for those individuals hoping to enter policing for the first time, and for veteran officers seeking to move to a new agency. 

June 18, 2018

Maintaining Your Force

Maintaining Your Force

To avoid needlessly recruiting additional officers, agencies are working to keep current officers happy in their careers.

April 3, 2018

Thinking Outside of the Recruiting Box
The State of American Law Enforcement - The Thinning Blue Line

Recruiting Replacements

Law enforcement agencies throughout the country are facing a major challenge in the recruitment of qualified peace officers. The baby boomer generation—many of them hired after service in Vietnam—is in the midst of retirement planning. Younger people are more skeptical about police work because of negative publicity and the allure of a rebounding economy with job offers from the private sector.

June 1, 2005

Corruption: Cracking Down on Bad Cops

Corruption: Cracking Down on Bad Cops

Not all police misconduct is plastered across national newspapers, but it all has the same results. It erodes the public’s trust in law enforcement and it damages good cops, sometimes destroying their careers.

October 1, 2003

Who Wants This Job?

Who Wants This Job?

As police departments across the country find themselves scrambling to find qualified recruits, many experts have begun asking, “What will it take to bring back the image that made law enforcement a highly desirable career?”

May 1, 2002

Recruiting Women: Are We Doing Enough?

"Women can do this job." Although the percentage of female cops in America still hovers at only around 10 percent, any doubt that women are just as competent and capable as males has been removed in many quarters and at many agencies.

August 1, 1999

Agencies Struggle to Attract Reserve Officers

Regardless of a police agency's size, a quality reserve and volunteer organization can be vital to the protection of the community, the public's perception of Jaw enforcement and the effectiveness of crime prevention programs.

October 1, 1996

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