Running Head: LAW Role as a progressive law enforcement executive Name: Institution: Course: Course Instructor: Date Due:
LAW 2 With the industrialization taking place in the globe and the diversification of the society,there has been a felt need to form a law enforcement organ in the society to embark on effectivelaw enforcement despite the social economic and religious beliefs. Thus hiring such personnel toenforce the law continues to be an area of concern globally. Many law enforcement agencies findit difficult to find qualified applicants hence scarcity arises. Though this crisis may be caused byeconomic situation affecting a firm, the changing societal and demographic treads may be a corecause. Moreover, the recruitment of women in such agencies especially in the United States ofAmerica has not been a recent issue. A presidential crime commission on crime mattersrecommended hiring and promotion of the minorities in the society as early as 1967. Most caresin the cities of the United States of America has been associated with poor representation ofminorities especially the blacks. The commissions formed to follow these riots have noted theracism and bias among the hiring bodies of the police departments. The commission proposedmeasures to improve the hiring and promotion processes to include the minority groups in thepolice force. Over the last decades, there has been tremendous recruitment of police force in theUnited States. This may be due to the pressure by the minority to be part of the law enforcementagencies. These changes include the adding-up difficulty to get qualified candidates. This may bedue to economic change buts also the irreversible societal changes in the 21st century. Due to thegood economic environment enjoyed by United States of America between 1990 and 2000, theemployment market expanded and major firms sprouted up. Due to the fear of critique from theother nations in the world, recruitment of most talented minority groups especially womenstarted. This was basically in the service industry among other industries. Holding of employees
LAW 3especially with experience became a common practice in all sectors. In addition, the problemsassociated with holding workers emerged. Small law enforcement firms lost their employees to larger firms driven by better benefitsgiven by large firms. Crisis in recruitment started with competing effort of every firm trying toget the best candidates from the small pool of qualified candidates. At this moment, the policeforce experienced decrease in the labor force due to the retirees employed in the period between1960 and 1970. The emerging problem was even bigger because most of such retirees were fromthe minority groups. Further, the constraint was increased due to the increased needs for staff dueto the elaborate duty demands after the terrorist attack in 2001. Though the demand expanded, the supply side continued to shrink. The need even getsworse due to the increased demand of personnel to expand the numbers in the Middle East andAfghanistan. This expanding need to fight terrorism cause major impact on the police serviceespecially in rural and small police departments. During the bad economic times which faces theUnited States of America in 2007. Cities and counties were forced to reduce the number ofpersonnel hired. The layoffs affected the recently hired employees (minority groups), thuscancelling all the gain of establishing a multi-cultural and multi-racial personnel in the policeforce. Other industries adopted salary and benefit reduction. The most affected were the policeforce. This may lead to increase in crime and thus may load the judicial system making itineffective in its operations. However, though there are crosscutting issues leading to low personnel capacity of thepolice force, the citizens still push for quality services from the same police force. Finally, thecontinuously adding factor like drug use, criminal history education among other issues renders
LAW 4many young people from joining the force, hence reduced pool for the personnel. With all thesethreat to the security of American civilian and the low personnel levels with the increasingdemand for police service will adopt a strategic policy program aimed at Improving therecruitment system to tap the potential minority groups such as women and the blacks amountother minority group. Inclusion of the community stakeholders in law enforcing agencyrecruitment will ease the operation by providing reliable information and also can be used to easeadvertisement and information flow from the police force to the civilians. Also, use of militaryveterans due to their experience within the military operations will also target the minoritygroups such as gays and lesbians. Improving the existing “grow your own corps” and intensifying its capability to producehigh quality corps will increase the numbers joining the police force hence increase its efficiencyand effectiveness to meet the rising demand for quality services by the citizens. In addition,giving incentive to those joining the police force (monetary or non-monetary incentive) willlikely increase the number of people willing to join the police force. Proper understanding of therecruitment process of the agencies and proper screening of applicants will lead to recruitmentmeeting the employers’ demands. This will also ensure recruits are hired with the right reason tojoin the force.