Originally Published: May 16, 2016
Applying the concepts of farming provides a solid strategy for successful recruiting and retention in policing
Highly publicized events between law enforcement and members of the community have brought extra attention to the demographic composition of law enforcement agencies. Agencies around the country are looking for ways to recruit diverse candidates to their organizations. According to U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, 27 percent of the police officers are people of color in comparison to 36 percent of the country’s population being people of color.
Most estimates indicate that by 2050 there will be parity between people of color and whites in terms of our country’s population. As we move in that direction, the public and members of our profession are pressing upon us to diversify our profession.
The national focus of late is on recruitment but retention is just as important and yet is often not discussed. Your recruitment efforts may be for naught if your agency is unable to retain its existing diverse employees. So, listed below are five keys for recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. We’re really talking about cultivating a diverse workforce, so I have framed the steps below in the theme of farming.