Police Department Staffing Bundle

This bundle will give you access to the upcoming Asking Police Chiefs the Right Questions to Make the Right, Data-Driven Decisions live webinar, as well as a 50% discount on the on-demand Police Officer Recruitment Strategies webinar.

  • Police Officer Recruitment Strategies

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/29/2018

    Discuss how to recruit top-notch candidates for the police force.

    Recruiting police officers can sometimes seem as simple as posting the job ad and waiting for the stream of applications to arrive.  But in a period of low unemployment, the commitment to a career in public service may not be as strong an attraction as it once was.  To help jurisdictions see both what recruitment strategies are most effective and whether those strategies are bringing in those with the desired skills and experience, ICMA conducted a study of 28 jurisdictions around the country, with local government management, police chiefs, police officers, human resources professionals, and community members each sharing their perspectives.  Resulting data touches on a model officer’ s educational background, preferred skills, priorities, training, and evaluation, along with perceptions of recruit quality and extent and effectiveness of community engagement. 

    ICMA staff will present the study’s findings as part of a webinar on Thursday, November 29, at 1:00-2:30pm EST.  Also participating in the discussion will be representatives from the Vera Institute of Justice and the Center for Public Safety Management.


    Gerald Young

    Senior Research Associate, ICMA

    Gerald Young is a Senior Research Associate with the Center for State and Local Government Excellence and the ICMA Research and Policy Team. He joined ICMA staff in 1998, and since that time has worked on performance management, as well as research into state and local government pensions, health care, employment and compensation, smart communities, and leadership practices. He also served for eight years in local government with the cities of Loma Linda and Chula Vista, California. He earned an MPA from the University of Kansas, and bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics/Computer Science and Political Science from Loyola University Chicago, and is the author of ICMA’s e-book “Getting Started: A Performance Measurement Handbook”

    Leonard Matarese

    Director of Research and Project Development, Center for Public Safety Management

    Leonard Matarese is the Managing Partner of the Center for Public Safety Management, the exclusive provider of public safety technical assistance to ICMA. Leonard has 50 years of experience as a law enforcement officer, police chief, public safety director, city manager and major city human resources commissioner. He has conducted or managed over 350 studies of public safety agencies with particular attention to matching staffing issues with calls for service workload.

    Rebecca Neusteter

    Policing Program Director, Vera Institute of Justice

    Mawia Khogali

    Research Associate, Vera Institute of Justice

  • Asking Police Chiefs the Right Questions to Make the Right, Data-Driven Decisions

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 03/20/2019

    In this webinar, Leonard Matarese debunks some common myths about staffing police departments.

    Back by popular demand, Leonard Matarese returns with a police-only presentation to help you make informed policy decisions by knowing what to ask of your police departments.

    How many police officers do you really need? How well is your police department performing? Are "officers per 1,000" and "number of calls" really meaningful measures? Matarese will tackle these questions and provide data that will help you rethink the workforce allocation of your police department.

    The audience: Local government managers

    You and your staff will learn how to:

    • Understand the difference between “calls for service” and “workload”
    • Quantify actual workloads in police departments by seasonal and weekday variables and identify whether personnel are allocated correctly   
    • Get the metrics you need from police departments (such as the percentage of police officers' non-committed time) to make staffing decisions
    • Learn alternative strategies for handling calls for service
    • Establish goals and priorities and know what you need to analyze
    • Set measurable goals, identify performance problems, and apply strategies to follow the path of continuous improvement

    Leonard Matarese

    Director of Research and Project Development, Center for Public Safety Management

    Leonard Matarese is the Managing Partner of the Center for Public Safety Management, the exclusive provider of public safety technical assistance to ICMA. Leonard has 50 years of experience as a law enforcement officer, police chief, public safety director, city manager and major city human resources commissioner. He has conducted or managed over 350 studies of public safety agencies with particular attention to matching staffing issues with calls for service workload.