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

Trust between law enforcement agencies and the people they protect and serve is essential in a democracy. It is key to the stability of our communities, the integrity of our criminal justice system, and the safe and effective delivery of policing services.”  —The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing

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 common-sense approaches that build on the philosophy known as community policing. Continue reading