Recruiting and retention issues for Florida’s law enforcement agencies have become an increasing source of concern in recent months. Many scholars and practioners point to low unemployment, the good ecomomy, low pay and the retirement window of the “baby boomers” as sources of concern for the perceived shortcomings for current recruitment and retention problems. Whatever the reason(s), it is clearly a source of immediate concern among Florida Police Chiefs.
A needs assessment conducted by the Association’s Recruiting and Retention Committee, revealed that 77% (n=122/160) of responding agencies reported problems in recruiting. Slightly more than half (54%) of the agencies completing the survey reported retention issues as a problem, with officers leaving for other agencies a major concern. Salaries were also found to be statistically significant when compared with recruitment and retention issues.
Based on a clear need for solutions to these pressing issues, the Florida Police Chiefs Education and Research Foundation, provided funding for a comprehensive study of this issue. This study included the evaluation of quantitative data (survey) and qualitative data (interviews and focus groups).