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IACP/COPS Recruitment Toolkit

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Center for Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) recently partnered to give law enforcement agencies information and tools for recruitment at a time of budget cuts, military callups, and increasing officer retirement.

The toolkit as a free downloadable packet that contains four reports:

  • Police Recruitment: Foundation Concepts. Provides an overview of the current state of police staffing and a summary of common recruitment obstacles and how to overcome them.
  • Recruiting for Diversity. Outlines the importance of diversity in law enforcement and strategies for effective minority recruitment.
  • Agency Collaboration in Police Officer Recruitment and Selection. Contains case studies of successful regional and intra-agency recruitment collaboratives across the country.
  • Community Partnerships in Police Recruitment. Discusses why and how to engage the community and civic organizations in the recruitment and selection process.

You can download the full toolkit here:

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