Lack of qualified candidates/applicants for open positions

Date

2021-06

Authors

Terry, Russell

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Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT)

Abstract

Law enforcement agencies across the United States have seen a decrease in candidates applying for open positions. The decrease can be attributed to the economy, low pay, and current view of police officers by society, and outdated recruitment methods. Some law enforcement agencies have recruiters who may be behind the times and are reluctant to change their methods. Many law enforcement agencies have requirements, which may exclude viable candidates from applying. Some of those requirements, which may lead to a prospective applicant not applying, are prior drug use, not having a college degree, and non-citizenship. Law enforcement agencies should change their recruitment procedures for an improvement in their applicant pool. Once an agency has revamped their recruitment process and broaden the scope of their candidate search, they should see an increase in personnel that are more diverse.

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Police--Recruiting, Police--Selection and Appointment

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