Police Administrators Should Begin Preparing Their Departments for the Millennials




Stensland, Walter S.

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title


Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT)



The Millennial generation is coming to police departments all over the country. There are approximately 102 million people in the millennial generation, those born between 1982 and 2002 have yet to make their full impact on the on the law enforcement workplace (Henchey, 2005). Today all recruits meeting the minimum age requirement are millennials. Police Administrators need to start strategizing on how to meet the needs of the agency by changing the way hiring and training is currently done at the different levels of management within the agency. Successfully recruiting and retaining law enforcement officers has to be emphasized in order to maintain the leadership required to properly command and control a police agency. The up and coming new generation will need to be trained to replace the aging officers currently in command and control of today’s law enforcement agencies around the county. With the implementation of new recruiting and retention strategies success will occur although it may seem slow at first. This will take some thinking outside the box because the millennials are a different breed of officer than we have seen in the past. This is due to several factors but probably the most important two factors being the technology they grew up with and the protected environments they grew up in. Research gathered to obtain this information through a variety of sources regarding millennials. Those sources include reports, articles, journals, and online articles. Articles were also utilized to establish counter positions that explained the needs associated with why it is important to understand the Millennial generation.


Intergenerational relations, Intergenerational communication