Course Description

Despite new initiatives to increase police hiring in departments throughout the nation, recruiting and retaining qualified officers remains one of the most serious challenges facing communities across the country.  These struggles are not new, as many agencies have seen a decline in qualified candidates dating back long before the nationwide unrest of 2020—one that shows no signs of being by alleviated by an approach deferring to “the way we’ve always done things.”

In this webinar, Attorney Matt Dolan will discuss some of the critical lessons learned by agencies across the country over the past year when it comes to what is and is not working in police recruiting.  The discussion will place a particular emphasis on:

  • Re-evaluating hiring criteria—distinguishing between “red tape” from essential job requirements
  • Recognizing that money—in the form of salary, benefits and hiring bonuses—is not the magic bullet 
  • Creating talent pipelines long before potential applicants reach the age of 21
  • Avoiding the vicious cycle of hiring “bad apples” and driving away quality applicants


Director, Dolan Consulting Group

| Attorney Matt Dolan

Matt Dolan is a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois, who specializes in training and advising public safety agencies in matters of labor and employment law. His practice experience focuses on employment discrimination claims brought under federal law, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ("Title VII"), the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"). He received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from DePaul University and his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Matt serves as a public safety instructor with Dolan Consulting Group. He has trained and advised thousands of public safety professionals throughout the United States in matters of legal liability related to personnel management.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Before You Start

    • Consent Questions

  • 2


    • Police Recruiting Lessons for 2024 | Hour 1

    • Police Recruiting Lessons for 2024 | Hour 2