Course Description

Following two uniquely tumultuous years for law enforcement, recruiting and retaining qualified officers is proving to be one of the most significant challenges facing law enforcement agencies across the country. These struggles are not new, as many agencies have seen a decline in qualified candidates as well as increased officer turnover dating back long before the nationwide unrest of 2020.

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

  • Defining an acceptable rate of officer turnover and planning accordingly
  • The relationship between community engagement and long-term recruiting strategies
  • The role of local elected officials in attracting or repelling potential applicants
  • Embracing lateral hiring as a permanent part of recruiting 
  • Why hiring the wrong people today makes it harder to hire the right people tomorrow


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 2022 | Hour 1

    • Police Recruiting Lessons for 2022 | Hour 2