The Cop Crunch: Identifying Strategies to Deal with the Recruiting and Hiring Crisis in Law Enforcement

Lorie A. Fridell, Police Executive Research Forum
Jerry Murphy, Police Executive Research Forum
Tom Jordan, Texas A&M University, Texarkana
Bryan J. Vila, National Institute of Justice

ABSTRACT
The inability to recruit and hire quality personnel has emerged as a critical problem facing law enforcement nationwide. It threatens to undermine the ability of law enforcement to protect our nation's citizens and threatens to reverse important gains in our efforts to increase the representation on our forces of racial/ethnic minorities and women. With funding from NIJ, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) conducted a national survey of 1500 law enforcement agencies to examine the nature and extent of the "cop crunch" and identify department level policies and practices that facilitate, generally, the recruiting and hiring of quality personnel, and that facilitate, in particular, the recruiting and hiring of quality women and racial/ethnic minorities. Results from that survey will be reported.

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Updated 05/20/2006