Strategic HR Management for Police Organizations


People are frequently cited as an organization’s most valuable resource. This is only true if the organization manages that resource effectively. Many of the theories and practices that apply to business are applicable in police organizations. However, there are problems and issues that are specific to law enforcement and public safety organizations.

This course will look at both the generic and the specific issues of HRM as they apply to police organizations. Whether your service is large or small, you will have to deal with an increasingly complex set of issues:

  • Civilian employees
  • Overtime and court time
  • Accommodation of workers with injury or disability
  • Selection of personnel for special assignments

These are a few of the areas that are specific to police organizations. You won’t find those areas covered in a generic Human Resource Management program. Students who successfully complete this course will be better prepared to manage the performance of the personnel that they work with.

Key learnings

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Assert the benefits of continuous learning in the pursuit of personal and organizational excellence.
  • Describe how the functions of Human Resource Management lead to the accomplishment of your organization’s mission.
  • List the essential elements of a successful Human Resource Management system.
  • Design a recruiting program that will allow your organization to meet its commitments, objectives and mission.
  • List and articulate the functions and practices that make the management of human resources in police organizations unique from other forms of enterprise.
  • List and describe the requirements, which make selection testing acceptable with respect to Human Rights legislation.
  • Effectively evaluate a candidate’s suitability for hire.
  • Discuss the merits of different methods of performance measurement.
  • Define competency based performance measurement.
  • Plan a career path for a member of your organization.
  • Evaluate your department’s motivational strategies.
  • Implement effective policies for improving employee motivation.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various shift lengths and schedules used by police organizations.
  • Determine the viability of filling positions in your agency with civilian personnel, volunteers or sworn peace officers.
  • Identify and discuss a current issue facing your organization’s Human Resource Management division.

Being new to the Human Resources area, I was able to accelerate my learning curve through this course. All aspects of HR are covered with new trends, promotions, recruiting and some tools to assist career decisions facing law enforcement personnel."

Cpl. Francois Roussel, RCMP, Ottawa