Hiring and Retention Issues in Police Agencies

Research Report

Hiring and Retention Issues in Police Agencies

Readings on the Determinants of Police Strength, Hiring and Retention of Officers, and the Federal COPS Program


This report contains a collection of readings that examine various staffing issues in policing. These readings address three broad issues: determinants of police staffing levels; the processes of hiring, training, and deploying officers; and retention patterns associated with individual officers and staff positions. The papers are the result of an Urban Institute research project funded by the National Institute of Justice to, in large part, answer questions of interest to policymakers in the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (i.e., the COPS Office), the agency that administers the federal Community Oriented Policing Services program. Passed by Congress as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, the COPS program is the federal governments initiative to add 100,000 officers to the nations police agencies through grants for hiring new officers and other means.

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