September 25, 2019

PERF Releases New Publication on Recruitment and Retention
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This month, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) released a new publication, The Workforce Crisis, and What Police Agencies Are Doing About It (PDF). The publication is the result of information gathered from an extensive survey on recruitment and retention as well as a meeting,
The Changing Dynamics of Policing and the Police Workforce, held on December 4, 2018 in Washington, D.C. with 250 participants.
Overall, the policing profession is facing a workforce crisis. PERF Executive Director Chuck Wexler noted, "And it is not simply a matter of police salaries being too low, or other problems that can be addressed fairly easily. There seem to be fewer young people today who have any interest in policing." The PERF survey showed a three-fold threat to police departments: a decrease in applications, early exits, and higher rates of retirement.
The workforce crisis is not isolated to specific areas of the country or certain sized police departments. It's a national problem that is affecting all law enforcement agencies and the answer is not simply finding more recruits. PERF found that a major concern is whether today's recruits have the skills sets and temperament to meet the challenges of policing today. PERF addressed two key questions at their December 4 th meeting: where are agencies going to find the officers of the future and where will they find them in sufficient numbers to address their staffing needs? The subsequent discussion focused on how to identify and attract non-traditional candidates who might not have otherwise considered a career in policing.
PERF compiled 12 key takeaways for law enforcement agencies to use a blueprint as they look to address the workforce crisis and build the agencies of the future. Some of these include:
  • Monitor your workforce demographics: To stay ahead of current and future changes, agencies need to monitor workforce trends, collect and analyze data on their staffing needs, and adjust their recruiting and retention strategies accordingly.
  • Build trust in your communities: The policing profession has seen a period of dramatic, relentless change. Five years after the events in Ferguson, MO, the profession is still undergoing soul-searching. This may have had an impact on recruiting.
  • Seek recruits who are comfortable with 21st century policing and have the skills for it: Today's police agencies are taking leadership roles on a wider range of social issues than ever before. And today's policing requires officers who enjoy technology and know how to use it.
  • Find new ways to recruit a diverse workforce: Agencies continue to struggle with recruiting women and members of minority groups. The first step toward improvement is to recognize and address barriers to recruitment among minority communities and women. Police and sheriffs' departments should establish partnerships with religious institutions, organizations of minority groups, and women's groups that may be able to help develop pathways for members of minority groups and women to join police agencies.
PERF's publication also highlights key survey findings, identifies trends and statistics in recruitment and retention, looks at challenges in recruitment and retention, and provides information on what agencies are doing to improve recruitment and retention. For additional free reports, please visit the PERF website.  

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
NCSAM logo This October is the 16 th annual observance of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online. We've moved from a time when technology was somewhat involved in our lives to varying degrees to reaching a line where our online and offline lives are virtually indistinguishable. The internet impacts our homes, societal well-being, economic prosperity, and the nation's security. 
NCSAM, under leadership from the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, has focused its previous messages around a theme of 'Our Shared Responsibility.' This year, NCSAM moves to a new overarching theme, 'Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT,' to help encourage personal accountability and proactive behavior in digital privacy, security best practices, common cyber threats and cybersecurity careers. NCSAM seeks to convey messages about online safety and identify opportunities for behavior change through this year's theme.
  • Own IT.
    • Never Click and Tell: staying safe on social media
    • Update Privacy Settings
    • Keep Tabs on Your Apps: best practices for device applications
  • Secure IT.
    • Shake Up Your Passphrase Protocol: create strong, unique passphrases
    • Double Your Login Protection: turn on multi-factor authentication
    • Shop Safe Online
    • Play Hard To Get With Strangers: how to spot and avoid phish
  • Protect IT.
    • If You Connect, You Must Protect: updating to the latest security software, web browser and operating systems
    • Stay Protected While Connected: Wi-Fi safety
    • If You Collect It, Protect It: keeping customer/consumer data and information safe
Your community can get involved in NCSAM through social media and by taking action on campus.
  • Follow the National Cyber Security Alliance on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn to receive the latest online safety news and resource. Share and RT this information with others.
  • Post online safety tips and reminders about NCSAM on your social media networks. Use the hashtags #BeCyberSmart and #CyberAware.
  • Download and share sample social media posts leading up to and throughout the month on social media - download and share them all or customize them to your needs and interests!
  • Become a NCSAM Champion  and show your organization or campus' official involvement in the month. It's free and simple to sign up.
  • Post the NCSAM logo to your campus' external or internal website. You can link to the NCSAM "About" page to provide more info.
  • Host a training for campus faculty and staff on cybersecurity. Check out ESET's free cybersecurity awareness training as a great resource.
  • Host a poster/video content for students in which participants create informative online safety resources. Display the winning entries at school or share them with your community.
If you're still looking for ways to get started, view the webinar, How to Get Involved in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2019. The official NCSAM toolkit (PDF) is also available from the Department of Homeland Security's National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies. Additional resources, including targeted campaigns, tip sheets, videos, and memes can be found from STOP.THINK. CONNECT.

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Active Shooter Preparedness In Today's World 
Organization: Allied Universal 
Date: October 8, 2019   
Location: Online  
Fee: Free  
Title: The 2019 College Inclusion Summit
Organization: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) and College Autism Network 
Dates: October 23-25, 2019 
Location: Nashville, TN  
Fee: Registration Fee 
Title: Building and Sustaining a Culture of Compliance and Ethics (Fall CLE Workshop)  
Organization: National Association of College and University Attorneys 
Dates: November 13-15, 2019 
Location: Emmitsburg, MD 
Fee: Registration Fee 
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