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Author Castaneda, Laura Werber.

Title Today's police and sheriff recruits : insights from the newest members of America's law enforcement community / Laura Werber Castaneda, Greg Ridgeway
Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xxiii, 118 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Series Rand Corporation monograph series
Rand Corporation monograph series.
Contents Introduction -- Perceived pros and cons of law enforcement careers -- Who and what influences recruits' career decisions? -- Recruiting strategies -- Conclusions and recommendations -- Appendix A: Survey instrument -- Appendix B: Description of survey responses
Summary For much of the past decade, police and sheriff's departments faced considerable challenges in attracting and retaining recruits, such that many departments struggled to maintain their size. Although the economic downturn has altered this situation, police and sheriff's departments should expect that the tight labor market of the past decade will return. This volume summarizes a 2008-2009 survey fielded to recent police officer and sheriff's deputy recruits nationwide. The survey asked recruits why they chose a career in law enforcement, why they chose the particular agency that they joined, what they felt were the downsides of a career in law enforcement, and what could be done to improve their department's recruiting efforts. In discussing the survey results, the authors focus on how understanding modern recruits can help departments refine their recruitment practices and develop a workforce well suited to community-oriented policing
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 115-118)
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Subject Employee retention -- United States.
Law enforcement -- Vocational guidance -- United States.
Police recruits -- United States.
Police -- Recruiting -- United States.
Police -- United States -- Personnel management.
Social sciences.
Form Electronic book
Author Ridgeway, Greg, 1973-
United States. Department of Justice. Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
Rand Infrastructure, Safety, and Environment (Organization)
LC no. 2010031286
ISBN 0833050516 (electronic bk.)
9780833050519 (electronic bk.)