What percentage of Los Angeles County deputy sheriffs would encourage a loved one–or their worst enemy?–to work for the LASD?
10 percent? 20? Whatever it is, it’s not much.
LASD has reportedly been understaffed by approximately 1,000 deputies for the past four years, with even top-notch recruitment strategies unable to keep pace with the attrition of existing deputies bailing out.
Sheriff McDonnell blames this on a good (tough) job market and candidates who are informed on the agencies they’re applying to. Yes–applicants are weighing salary and schedule and pension…but most of all they’re weighing “Is this a place I want to work at? Are the people here enjoying what they do? Does this place make sense for me?”
And increasingly, candidates are looking at Jim McDonnell’s LASD and saying “pass!”
We admit it: we like the “One Badge: Unlimited Opportunities” slogan. Because it’s true: Nowhere else do you the the opportunities to have such an awesome and diverse career than you at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Yet nowhere else do you have such an opportunity to be fired for sport or to be made an example; to be two years into your career and counting down the days ’till retirement. Even if Beverly Hills or Torrance or wherever pays more, people should be be fighting for a chance to work at LASD because of the police work they will get to do and the opportunities they will have in their career. The slogan only works if it’s likely they’ll get to that point.
Can you imagine anything more boring than driving around Beverly Hills for 30 years, like a goldfish in a bowl? Lame.
LASD should be every applicant’s agency of choice. But we’re not. Maybe it’s time for a real conversation about the reasons why. Sure, salary is important, ALADS–but people will take less pay for a job they love. Current LASD leadership and policy isn’t producing an environment or culture which people who want to protect the public will love. And so they go to Torrance. Or Santa Ana. Or Glendale. Or Beverly Effin Hills.
Here’s some free advice, Recruitment team. Skip the videos about donuts and camels and just show ’em this, from a better day: