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Webinar: A blueprint for success: Modern recruitment practices in public safety

Learn the latest tactics for recruiting the best candidates

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Traditional, passive recruitment methods for public safety agencies are no longer effective. Public safety leaders need to ensure they are investing the effort and resources necessary to implement modern recruitment practices and minimize candidate attrition throughout the recruitment and hiring processes. The panel will discuss the four primary links in the recruitment chain (audience, advertising and marketing, digital presence, and candidate engagement) and how they can each be strengthened to accomplish short and long term recruiting and hiring goals.


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L - R: James Dudley (Moderator), Kevin Gendron, Rob Cate, Kevin Diehl, Anthony Dear


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.


Kevin Gendron is a former police officer, trainer, and administrator who has moved into the world of sales. From Training to Professional Standards, Kevin was deeply involved with employee recruitment, hiring, onboarding, and training for the majority of his law enforcement career, giving him an in-depth understanding of the challenges facing administrators and hiring managers today. Kevin was recruited out of law enforcement into sales management, gaining a strong foundation in effective sales principles and processes. An avid reader, he has continued to build on that foundation and is now using his unique blend of knowledge and experience to help agencies adapt to the ongoing workforce crisis.

Rob Cate is the CEO and Co-founder of Interview Now, where he helps over 100+ agencies across the country recruit and communicate with candidates. With a background in HR Tech, he’s passionate about helping public safety agencies reach full staffing with recruitment tools, ongoing training, and developing a candidate pipeline of the next generation of public safety professionals. He has spoken at the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA) Conference, the California Peace Officers Association (CPOA) ADVANCE Conference, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Recruitment Summit, and has been featured on the Police1 Podcast discussing recruitment.

Sgt. Kevin Diehl is a highly accomplished law enforcement officer who started his career in the Marine Corps in 1990. He has served as a Patrol Corporal, an FTO, and a Patrol Sergeant with the Southlake Police Department. Currently, he is the Department Training Sergeant and is responsible for training the entire department to ensure they meet state standards. He is also an adjunct instructor at several institutions where he teaches Internal Affairs Investigations and Police Applicant Background Investigations. Sgt. Diehl holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Phoenix and is a National Internal Affairs Investigators Association (NIAIA) member.

Anthony Dear is a 31-year veteran of the Massachusetts State Police. He currently holds the rank of Captain and serves as the Department’s Diversity Officer and the Commander of Recruitment. Prior to his assignment to General Headquarters, Dear worked 27 years in the Division of Field Services as a Trooper, Sergeant, and Lieutenant. Captain Dear is a graduate of Boston Latin Academy, Northeastern University, the FBI-LEEDA 548th Command Leadership Institute, the PERF - Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police - Session 86 Class, and has a bachelor’s degree from Western New College in Criminal Justice.