Police Officer Recruitment Strategies

Recorded On: 11/29/2018

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


11/29/2018 at 1:00 PM (EST)   |  90 minutes
11/29/2018 at 1:00 PM (EST)   |  90 minutes
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1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available