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Today's police and sheriff recruits: insights from the newest members of America's law enforcement community

Today's police and sheriff recruits: insights from the newest members of America's law enforcement community

Castaneda, Laura Werber; Ridgeway, Greg, 1973-

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

eBook, Electronic resource, Book. English. Electronic books.
Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND 2010

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Statement of responsibility: Laura Werber Castaneda, Greg Ridgeway
ISBN: 0833050516, 9780833050472, 9780833050519
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 115-118).
Note: Print version record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxiii, 118 pages) : illustrations (some color).
Series: Rand Corporation monograph series
Subject: Police recruits United States.; Employee retention United States.; Employee retention.; Police United States Personnel management.; Police Personnel management.; United States.; SOCIAL SCIENCE General.; POLITICAL SCIENCE Law Enforcement.; Law enforcement Vocational guidance United States.; Police Recruiting.; BUSINESS & ECONOMICS Infrastructure.; Police Recruiting United States.; Social sciences.; Law enforcement Vocational guidance.; Police recruits.
Series Title: Rand Corporation monograph series.
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. Introduction
  2. Perceived Pros and Cons of Law Enforcement Careers
  3. Who and What Influences Recruits' Career Decisions?
  4. Recruiting Strategies
  5. Conclusions and Recommendations
  6. Appendix A: Survey Instrument
  7. Appendix B: Description of Survey Responses.