Regional Recruitment Partnership
The Regional Recruitment Partnership launched in July 2020, comprising 20 law enforcement agencies in the region, as a collaborative approach to improve the quality of law enforcement candidates, encourage diverse applications that represent the region, and highlight a collective vision for 21st century law enforcement agencies.
As attrition and vacancy rates continue to increase for local departments and many finish recruitment processes without hiring a single applicant, it is imperative to address the larger recruiting challenges for the profession. While this challenge is nationwide, there are many opportunities to improve relationships between candidates and departments on a local level.
The Regional Recruitment Partnership will leverage local dollars and brainpower to conduct a region-wide marketing and education campaign with WRAL Digital Solutions, guided by data collected through an ongoing research effort with NC Central University and Wake Tech Community College studying the barriers for local candidates to join the law enforcement field and opportunities for the recruitment pipeline, and the changing personnel and training needs of departments.
Participating departments includes the towns of Apex, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Hillsborough, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville, Siler City, Smithfield, Southern Pines, and Wendell, and the cities of Durham and Sanford.
"Our goal is to hire the most qualified, capable and committed candidates that will represent the values of the town and the police department. The partnership provides an opportunity to enhance our recruitment efforts by partnering with regional law enforcement agencies to share recruitment ideas and solutions, in hopes of reaching a wider and more diverse applicant pool”. - Chief Nick Polidori, Southern Pines Police Department