Recruiting challenges widespread

This article reviews hiring difficulties facing police agencies around the country. Many are below authorized strength for reasons such as the improving economy, stagnating police wages, the demanding nature of the job, and negative perceptions following high-profile death in custody incidents.

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5 Responses to “Recruiting challenges widespread”

  1. Gunther Says:

    If policing is a calling, then why we seem to have too many problems with giving police recruits proper and correct training both at the academy and on the streets? We still have a problem with the wall of silence and contempt of cops that cops use against people.

    in addition, due to the tightening of drug laws and other laws such as street protests, many people who are well qualified to be cops are automatically disqualified to applied for police jobs and have an almost impossible time to expunge their criminal records.

    Due to sending jobs overseas and corporate scandals, Americans have been putting off getting marry and having kids which means your pool of police recruits have shrunken dramatically since this country has the lowest birth rate since the Great Depression. In addition, you can get good recruits due to cutbacks in education and healthcare which means a high infant mortality and ill-educated people.

    The cops by and large are conservatives which means that they are voting against the best interests of the country and maintaining the economic and political status quo of the wealthy people and corporations and now it has backfired on them.

  2. Gunther Says:

    You wonder why San Jose did not expand its police force with the expansion of its city since having a million people provides a huge revenue tax base along with all the computer industries located there? You would think that their police force would at least be the size of Los Angeles or New York City?

  3. Gunther Says:

    I think that since the cops are being caught on cameras now and the police chiefs now have to do something about their cops being caught in the act, many power hungry, narcissistic people and many bullies are not applying for police positions for fear of being sent to prison. Of course, depending on what state you live in, many cops are allowed to leave the force with no negative consequences,, and are able to find other police jobs in the same state or in another state.

  4. Gunther Says:

    People in the article are looking for 9 to 5 jobs. From what I am seeing, too many jobs are no longer 9 to 5 jobs and the bosses expect you to be on call 24 hours a day, drop what you are doing, and expect you to come to work at a moment’s notice. In addition, too many 9 to 5 jobs are not good paying jobs nor are the full time, permanent ones.

  5. Ashley Says:

    Those quoted in the article make several good points. For the last several years, I’ve occasionally administered municipal police entry exams, and have seen a significant quantitative decline (others can address any perceived decrease in quality). Over the last few cycles, I’ve seen the medium agencies go from 600-700 applicants to 150 or so, and the small agencies drop from 90-100 candidates to 25-30.

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