The news on officer shortages across the country just keep on coming. Departments from coast to coast are experiencing a deficiency of qualified candidates to fill an increasing number of open police officer positions. Here are three tactics to employ as you turn to a job market that’s underserving your current needs.
1) Real-world policing experience
Anyone can claim to do anything — and they often do. That's why when it comes to an early intervention system, you should look for one that's been built by people who know what it means to walk in your shoes. Were they at one time an officer themselves? Or a member of a command staff? Or perhaps worked in a mayor's or city manager's office? Bringing that real-world experience to the table can mean the difference between a limited, ineffective offering to a nuanced solution that's built specifically for the needs of law enforcement agencies.
To transform police administration today, we simply need better information. We have to arm police chiefs, command staff and frontline supervisors with crisper, clearer information to make better, more informed professional standards decisions.
We’ve all seen the headlines. And perhaps for some, it’s more than a headline — but rather a living reality. Across the U.S., law enforcement agencies big and small have been experiencing a shortage of officers to meet the demands of the cities and towns they so diligently serve. There are several reasons why, but a few stand out as critical factors.