Police-Community Relations: The Importance of Hiring and Recruitment Practices to Achieving Success

Source: Jenny Donovan, HR News, Vol. 81 no. 5, May 2015
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The job of a police officer is extremely complicated: you have to switch gears on a dime — one minute you’re counseling someone, the next minute you’re making a split-second decision on use of force. Selection and training are extremely important, especially in today’s tumultuous environment. Beyond the headlines, many police forces are working to disabuse the current of distrust running through their communities. According to police experts, improved relations are attributed largely to commonsense approaches that build on the philosophy known as community policing. …..