Doug Bedell — April 8, 2019, 10:34 am

A Reality of the Job Market: Police Officers Getting Harder to Recruit


It’s getting harder to recruit a new policeman. Dr. Jarrod Sadulski, faculty Member, Criminal Justice, American University, writes on In Public Safety that “governments are having more difficulty filling police positions than any other category of government personnel.”

In this context, “high-ranking police supervisors and administrators play an important role in strengthening officer commitment. When practical, upper-level supervisors should solicit input from rank-and-file officers on major policy decisions, such as shift rotations or scheduling that directly affects subordinates’ lives.”

A strong job market doesn’t make allowances for security or public interest work. Supervisors in these fields, like police officials, need to find ways to brighten the prospects for recruiting qualified officers themselves.

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