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ERIC Number: EJ947353
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0739-0394
How Accreditation Helps Reframe the Retention Issue: It's Not How Long They Stay; It's What They Do while You Have Them that Counts
Tedjeske, David
Campus Law Enforcement Journal, v41 n3 p14-15, 17 May-Jun 2011
Whether one likes to admit it or not, very few ever aspired to a long distinguished career as a campus public safety officer. Like cursing the sun for rising every morning, campus public safety chiefs continue to lament the departure of good performing employees, seemingly just as they come into their prime. Campus police and public safety departments are often proving grounds for recent academy graduates, who make the most out of the opportunities offered in a campus setting and use the benefit of campus training and experience to prepare themselves for better paying jobs in local, state, or federal law enforcement. Campus public safety CEOs have employed a number of strategies to improve retention and stop the exodus from the ivory tower. Benchmarking salary and benefits with surrounding municipal departments is a good way to justify advocating for higher pay in an effort to retain qualified employees. Unfortunately, campuses cannot typically compete with the salaries and benefits offered by governmental law enforcement agencies. This is particularly true with respect to retirement where local and state counterparts can retire at a young-enough age to pursue a second career. Instead of focusing attention on how to prevent good people from leaving the organization, more attention needs to be paid on how to make the most out of the good performers while one has them. In this article, the author demonstrates how seeking International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) Accreditation for one's agency can serve as a roadmap for getting this done.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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