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Recruiting and Hiring for Law Enforcement (PATC)

Class Length: 24 hours
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Recruiting, Hiring and Background Investigations represent what is arguably today’s greatest challenge confronting law enforcement agencies throughout the country. State, local and federal law enforcement agencies are struggling to provide fundamental service amid a declining applicant pool and historic economic down turn. Upon successful completion of this training module, attendees will be provided with the skills and knowledge necessary to develop a recruiting, hiring and background investigation program that improves your agency’s ability to respond to the emerging staffing crisis before it overwhelms your agency.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the “Nuts and Bolts” of recruiting, hiring interviews and background investigations.
  • Developing a Strategic Plan for Diversity in Recruiting and Hiring.
  • Understand the true consequences of bad hires.
  • Identify barriers to effective recruiting, hiring and background investigations.
  • Gain the tools necessary to develop a comprehensive recruitment strategy.
  • Identify innovative approaches to law enforcement recruitment and hiring.
  • Improve selection criteria and screening protocols while expanding the applicant pool.
  • Utilize the Background Investigation Checklist to protect your agency and the community you serve.
  • Make legally defensible hiring decisions that will hold up in court.
  • Identify mistakes made in hiring interviews that lead to liability.
  • Utilize social media activity in the hiring and background process in a manner that is legally defensible.
  • Gain a better understanding of the multitude of liability challenges created by improper hires and identifying toxic applicants before they become your toxic officer.
  • Identify and address the factors that cloud judgment in hiring and background decisions.
  • Meet the leadership challenges associated with a “Hiring Frenzy”.