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Abstract

The supply of and demand for qualified police officers are changing in a time of increasing attrition, expanding law-enforcement responsibilities, and decreasing resources. These contribute to the difficulties that many agencies report in creating a workforce that represents community demographics, is committed to providing its employees the opportunity for long-term police careers, and effectively implements community policing. This book summarizes lessons on recruiting and retaining effective workforces.

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Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    The Dynamic Police Staffing Challenge: The Bucket Metaphor

  • Chapter Three

    Retention: Plugging the Hole in the Bucket

  • Chapter Four

    Recruitment: Filling the Bucket

  • Chapter Five

    The Most-Promising Practices for Maintaining Police Workforce Levels

This project was supported by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations contained herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the U.S. Department of Justice. References to specific companies, products, or services should not be considered an endorsement of the product by the authors or the U.S. Department of Justice. Rather, the references are illustrations to supplement discussion of the issues. This project was conducted under the auspices of the RAND Center on Quality Policing (CQP), part of the Safety and Justice Program within RAND Infrastructure, Safety, and Environment (ISE).

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