Preventing Attrition among Women and Minority Police Applicants

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Diversifying has been a challenge for police agencies, despite their increased efforts to attract qualified candidates. Even when recruiters manage an adequately diverse applicant pool, the dropout rate of candidates throughout the notably long hiring process threatens the representativeness of the applicant pool. Thus, police agencies are eager to examine why applicants-especially women and minority applicants-withdraw from the hiring process to address any common reasons and retain desirable candidates. To explore reasons for withdrawal, 143 women and minority police applicants who withdrew from the hiring process reported their reason for withdrawal during a telephone interview conducted in the spring and summer of 2016. The primary reasons for applicant attrition, after changing their mind or another personal reason, was finding other employment and the length of the hiring process. Recommendations for policy include increasing communication to applicants, shortening the hiring process and hiring on a continuous basis. Implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1029-1045
Number of pages17
JournalPolicing (Oxford)
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Law


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