Building a Public Safety Career Pipeline

Addressing today's law enforcement recruitment challenge

Recruiting qualified applicants who can successfully complete the California Peace Officer Selection Process continues to be a major challenge to California law enforcement agencies.  A recent POST survey revealed a significant number of law enforcement agencies are still experiencing high applicant failure rates, often as high as 90% to 95%.  The primary issues causing high applicant failure are weak academic performance, primarily in reading and writing, weak fitness levels, and deficits in character and behavior.  In 2009, a POST task group reviewed the recruitment deficiencies and developed the POST Public Safety Career Pipeline concept.  This concept can be used by law enforcement, in partnership with their local school and college districts, to “grow their own” qualified candidates.

Press play on the screen below to watch the Career Pipeline Promotional Video. Then, please read the Program Guide (pdf).