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NCJ Number: 219426 Find in a Library
Title: POST Symposium on Recruitment: Summary of Proceedings
Corporate Author: California Cmssn on Peace Officer Standards and Training
United States of America
Date Published: June 1989
Page Count: 97
Sponsoring Agency: California Cmssn on Peace Officer Standards and Training
Sacramento, CA 95816
POST Media Distribution Ctr
Sacramento, CA 95816
Sale Source: POST Media Distribution Ctr
1601 Alhambra Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95816
United States of America
Type: Conference Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report summarizes the proceedings of a 3-day symposium for California chief law enforcement executives on the recruitment of qualified applicants to become California peace officers.
Abstract: The format of the symposium consisted of speakers and discussion groups. The symposium's objective was to produce a consensus among the participants about statewide actions that would address the declining availability of qualified applicants for law enforcement positions. After summarizing the activities for each day of the symposium, the report lists the 15 issues/problems addressed in the discussion groups, along with recommendations for addressing them. Some of the issues/problems addressed were how to speed up the hiring process, how to remove or reduce bureaucratic barriers to an efficient hiring process, how to expand the pool of qualified candidates, ways to finance effective recruitment, how to effectively market a career in law enforcement, and how to address an applicant's use of substances. Other topics addressed were competition with the private sector and other law enforcement agencies, improving the public perceptions of law enforcement officers, and what could be done to reduce the negative aspects of law enforcement job tasks. In addition to recommendations for addressing the 15 recruitment issues/problems, 5 recommendations are offered for future action by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) regarding recruitment courses for law enforcement executives, statewide recruitment advertising for qualified candidates, standardized testing of candidates, and a 1-year followup for this symposium. The symposium was held from May 31 to June 2, 1989. Appended listing of symposium participants, the symposium schedule, and summaries of presentations
Main Term(s): Police staff recruitment
Index Term(s): California; Personnel shortages; Police management; Police personnel; Recruitment
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