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Agencies face a number of challenges in recruiting officers who will become tomorrow’s law enforcement leaders; policing requires skill, knowledge, and a certain type of personality. Every element of police recruiting and hiring can benefit from innovative approaches and new techniques that broaden the pool of applicants and draw high-quality candidates.
The cover photograph features San Bernadino (California) Public Safety Academy students participating in Jaws of Life training. Photo courtesy of the academy.

Recruiting Today for Tomorrow’s Agency
In American Policing in 2022: Essays on the future of a Profession, the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services invited police practitioners to share their vision of policing 10 years in the future.
Realistic Job Previews: Reworking Your Recruitment Messaging and Strategies to Reach Today’s Candidates
Recruitment is an ongoing challenge for police agencies. Even during tough economic times when many employers are flush with applicants, the quality of law enforcement candidates continues to be a concern.
Innovative Injunctions Wrest Long Beach Streets from Gang’s Grip
Drake Park in Long Beach, California, looked just as it should late one recent April afternoon as Detective Chris Zamora took two guests on a tour of the city’s north side—children on swings; parents chatting on benches; and kids playing basketball.
Enhancing Recruitment Efforts Nationwide through K–12 School Partnerships
A strong public service workforce is integral to the United States’ ability to sustain a successful democracy and global competitiveness.
The Role of Pre-employment Screenings
Recruitment for new police officers and other public safety personnel has its challenges every step of the way, from advertising the open positions to selecting the candidates that will go on to the recruit training academy.
Medical Screening of Police Applicants
This article will review methods and best practices from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) Guidance for the Medical Evaluation of Law Enforcement Officers to ensure that medically qualified officers are hired.
Building a Better Workforce Through the Use of Pre-Employment Psychological Evaluations
Recruitment of a quality workforce takes an enormous amount of time, effort, and expense.
Officer Safety Corner: Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department Badge Placement Study of 2011–2012
Research in Brief: Human Resource Issues Faced by Small and Large Agencies
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