Law Enforcement Recruitment

    Getting Started
    This Web research assignment explores the characteristics and roles of a law enforcement officer.  You will research local law enforcement agencies, describe an agency’s hiring policies, and describe any recruitment challenges you think the agency might face.

    Upon successful completion of the course material, you will be able to:

    Describe methods used to train law enforcement officers.
    Discuss the traits of a good law enforcement officer.
    Identify the methods, challenges, and problems connected with the recruitment of police.
    Define the role of police.

    Resources
    Textbook: Policing America: Challenges and Best Practices
    Media: 2.2 Resource: The Police

    Background Information
    One of the best ways to learn about a career is to determine what is expected of someone in that career.  As you experience this workshop, imagine you are either the applicant or an experienced hiring manager asked to review the process, and complete the assignment from that perspective.

    Instructions
    Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
    Review Chapter 2 in the textbook, Policing America: Challenges and Best Practices.
    Review the media 2.2 Resource: The Police
    Research a local law enforcement agency online.  Go to a local law enforcement agency website.  Write a two-page summary (not including photos, figures, graphs, etc.) that outlines the steps for obtaining a job as a law enforcement professional with that agency.  Make sure that you address the following:
    Briefly describe the law enforcement agency and its purpose.
    What are the desired qualities for candidates?
    What are the prerequisites for application?
    What various tests are used to qualify recruits?
    What is the length of academy training and what does the training entail?
    What do you see as the style of law enforcement used by this agency?  How do you know?
    What challenges do you see in recruitment for this agency?
    Typically, how long is the hiring process for this agency?
    Remember to cite your sources using APA formatting.
    When you have completed your assignment, save a copy for yourself and submit a copy to your instructor using the link below or the Activities button by the end of the workshop.

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