Author: Bureau of Justice Assistance and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services

Recruitment and Retention for the Modern Law Enforcement Agency

Publication Date: October 2023

On April 18, 2023, at the request of the U.S. Attorney General, more than 35 participants met in Washington, D.C., in a convening hosted by the COPS Office and the Bureau of Justice Assistance to review the current state of law enforcement recruitment and retention and explore ways they can be modernized to meet the needs of today’s agencies, communities, and workforce. The group pinpointed practices that may be contributing to hiring and retention difficulties in several areas: eligibility, benefits and incentives, work/life balance and officer wellness, diversity, image and public relations, and pipeline programs. In each of these areas, leaders from various agencies and community groups proposed solutions that can be implemented at the agency level and also action steps that can be taken by local and state governments as well as the Federal Government to support and institutionalize these changes. This publication summarizes the convening and presents the group’s recommendations.