08 Feb Police Force Recruiting Is Struggling. Coordinated Private Security Can Fill The Gap.
With the nationwide trend of low unemployment and a public perception crisis about both officer safety and community integration, police force recruitment has taken a hit. And while the trend is sure to turn as it often does, the gap in qualified recruits and force availability is one that can be effectively bridged by the coordinated efforts of Private Security firms and local law enforcement.
The struggle to fill the ranks of police officers is an interesting trend that’s highlighted In Depth by the Deseret News:
Nelson Lim, an adjunct senior sociologist at the nonprofit RAND Corporation, says police hiring shortages like this one are very predictable. Utah’s situation reflects a nationwide problem that Lim says is predicated on two factors: low unemployment (3 percent in Utah) and military recruiting drives (a priority of President Donald Trump). The same conditions created a shortage of qualified police recruits before the Great Recession and amid the Iraq War surge, Lim said.