MCPA Critical Issues Forum: Strategies to Recruit and Retain Law Enforcement Officers
Nearly 100 law enforcement leaders are expected to participate in MCPA's 2018 Critical Issues Forum held December 12th in Bloomington. The program will focus on law enforcement strategies to recruit and retain police officers.
The event will include an overview of the current law enforcement employment situation provided by Minnesota State Demographer Susan Brower. Brower will explain the graying of Minnesota's workforce. Across the state, many employers are having more trouble than they used to finding and keeping employees. They’re making more efforts to accommodate workers with flexible schedules as well as educational and training incentives.
Peace officer recruitment and retention a top priority among MCPA members, according to association surveys. The specific challenges are unique to communities across the state. While many departments report fewer overall applicants, some agencies are more concerned about losing veteran officers with larger, suburban departments.