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NCJ Number: 221806 Find in a Library
Title: Recruitment and Retention: Lessons for the New Orleans Police Department
Author(s): Bernard D. Rostker; William M. Hix; Jeremy M. Wilson
Corporate Author: RAND Gulf States Policy Institute
United States of America
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 49
Sponsoring Agency: Rand Corporation
Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138
RAND Gulf States Policy Institute
Jackson, MS 39207
Publication Number: ISBN 978-0-8330-4142-5
Sale Source: Rand Corporation
1776 Main Street
P.O. Box 2138
Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents problem-solving recommendations to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) on recruitment and retention following the devastating natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina and its impact on the NOPD.
Abstract: Since Hurricane Katrina, resignations from the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) have increased and recruiting has all but stopped. However, there are measures the NOPD can take to address these problems. This report provides eight recommended initiatives which are classified according to two criteria, cost and immediacy of effect. This classification is to assist the NOPD in their priorities for implementation. The recommendations have been tailored to meet the unique circumstances of the NOPD. These recommended initiatives in relative ranking by goal (cost and timing of impact) include: (1) convert appropriate jobs from officer to civilian, (2) develop a proactive recruiting program, (3) use housing stock to benefit officers, (4) increase frequency of promotion boards, (5) eliminate backlog of PO1-PO4 promotions, (6) focus compensation on recruiting and retention problems, (7) establish a police-oriented charter school, and (8) rebuild police infrastructure. The recommendations were developed from limited exposure to the NOPD and insight gathered from extensive work with large governmental organizations (including police departments) over many years. The report is organized into three chapters. The first discusses the current problems facing the NOPD. The second presents recommendations in five areas: compensation, including housing; the promotion process and career management system; recruiting; the mix of officers and civilians; and ways to improve the morale of the NOPD. The final chapter summarizes the conclusions and recommendations. Tables
Main Term(s): Recruitment
Index Term(s): Incentive systems; Louisiana; Police effectiveness; Police management; Police personnel; Police personnel promotion; Police recruits; Urban policing
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