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Recent poll results offer a glimpse into the current landscape and challenges associated with recruiting and retaining female police officers
St. Petersburg College in Florida has developed an innovative certificate program to bring mental health training and resources to officers through a peer support model
The focus on finance in a recent survey on the best and worst places to be a cop doesn’t reflect the more complicated matrix officers face when deciding on a department to join or stay with
“Switched” re-enacts real police encounters with civilians stepping into the shoes of law enforcement
Mike Lawson leads the charge in bolstering officer support, outlining initiatives for peer support, resilience groups, wellness hours and mental health check-ins
Readers debate the importance of factors beyond compensation, such as the impact of community support and state legislation on job satisfaction for police officers
We asked, you answered: Here are four benefits and four drawbacks readers listed as their top pros and cons of working in law enforcement
Meet Mary Nero: Greensboro Police Department’s lone homicide victim advocate who managed a record 74 homicide cases in a single year
Nero’s team is expanding at a crucial time, as the city of Greensboro, N.C., has experienced a record number of homicides this past year
The support officers receive during this time can significantly impact their career trajectory, job satisfaction and overall wellbeing
Data from the “What Cops Want” survey suggests a difference in how female and male officers feel valued, indicating a gap in workplace culture and environment
The survey compares states using 30 key metrics across opportunities, training requirements and job hazards
By understanding the barriers, we can start to dismantle them, paving the way for strategies that enhance the hiring, recruitment and retention of women in law enforcement
Like improving our health and wellness, there are personal habits and methods that can be used to build your leadership capabilities
Your response is crucial in identifying the most effective strategies to enhance women’s representation in policing roles
From embracing support networks to seeking opportunities for personal and professional growth, these approaches aim to improve officers’ health and resilience
Statistics provided by Golden PD show that among all 15,362 calls handled by police in the last half of 2023, including for non-emergency runs, response times dropped every month compared to 2022
Candid feedback from officers in Police1’s State of the Industry survey highlights actionable steps supervisors can take to create a culture where officers feel valued and supported
From understanding pension systems to decoding health benefits, here’s everything you need to ask before accepting a police officer position
Meet Andrea Cortez, a 17-year law enforcement veteran and analyst at Elk Grove (Calif.) Police Department’s Real-Time Information Center
Andrea Cortez is a 17-year law enforcement veteran and analyst at Elk Grove (Calif.) Police Department’s Real-Time Information Center
Considerations for assessing department culture and personal compatibility
Officers sound off on what they need from their supervisors and leaders to perform at their peak in Police1’s State of the Industry survey
For you to come out on top, you will be a blend of having the chops and showing up as your best-presented self
Attract police recruits with these actionable insights from a BJA/COPS Office report
Here are seven strategies to pay down debt and live within your means
Silos kill progress and diminish the greater good, and our greater good is a healthy, operational police agency
“In addition to being police officers, we are also members of the community. We have lives outside of policing, too.”
Say what you want about millennials, but they have healthy attitudes toward work-life balance in public safety; we should follow their lead