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On-demand webinar: Police recruitment success strategies: A Policing Matters special

Law enforcement leaders share strategies for building robust, diverse and highly efficient law enforcement agencies

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During this unique event, our panel delves into their successful recruitment strategies, highlighting how they’ve managed to overcome challenges, foster diversity and inspire a new generation of law enforcement officers. We discuss the nuances of recruitment, from reaching out to potential candidates to ensuring they’re a perfect fit for their respective agencies. Attend this event to uncover innovative approaches to attracting and retaining top talent, fostering a positive culture and promoting professional development.


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L - R: James Dudley, Officer Terry Cherry, Investigator Jesse Cohen, Sheriff Mike Gleason

James Dudley is a 32-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department where he retired as deputy chief of the Patrol Bureau. He has served as the DC of Special Operations and Liaison to the Department of Emergency Management where he served as Event and Incident Commander for a variety of incidents, operations and emergencies. He has a Master’s degree in Criminology and Social Ecology from the University of California at Irvine. He is currently a member of the Criminal Justice faculty at San Francisco State University, consults on organizational assessments for LE agencies and hosts the Policing Matters podcast for Police1.

Officer Terry Cherry has been with the Charleston (South Carolina) Police Department for 8½ years and currently serves as the agency’s recruiter. In her role as recruiter, she developed a five-year recruitment strategic plan in compliance with the department’s racial bias audit and developed quantitative measures to track the plan’s success. Officer Cherry has applied evidence-based policing to drive changes in recruitment processes, policies and marketing efforts. She was recently published in the July 2020 Great Ideas edition of IACP’s Police Chief magazine and was selected as a 2020 National Institute of Justice LEADS Scholar. Officer Cherry holds a BA from UCLA and an MBA in global business with an emphasis on international finance and economics from Pepperdine University.

Jesse Cohen is an investigator at the Westminster (Colorado) Police Department, where he’s worked for 10 years. Before that, he worked as a sheriff’s deputy. At Westminster, he worked primarily in patrol as a senior police officer before transferring to professional services with a focus on recruiting, hiring, backgrounds and training. Cohen is also an instructor for Westminster’s arrest control and defensive tactics program.

Mike Gleason was elected on November 3, 2020, as the Sheriff of Williamson County, Texas and on January 1, 2021, became the 36th Sheriff of Williamson County, Texas, where he and his family are longtime residents. Mike started in corrections while attending school and after being sworn in as a licensed peace officer, spent over 23 years at the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office. He rose through the ranks holding numerous high-ranking command positions in every division within the bureau. Mike served under five different Williamson County Sheriffs throughout his career. During his final 15 months of service at the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, he was the Assistant Chief Deputy in charge of jail operations, overseeing close to 300 corrections employees, approximately 700 inmates, and an annual budget of approximately $23.6 million.