Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Human Services


The Criminal Justice field is, and has been, experiencing a drastic decrease in the number of individuals willing to take on this unique calling. This decline can be attributed to several factors, primarily concerns about safety, the current political and social environment, work schedules, and personal life influences. The purpose of this paper and research is to examine the causes of the ongoing hiring crisis in the field of Criminal Justice and propose potential solutions. Through research, several contributing factors have been identified that can help agencies at various levels recruit and retain Criminal Justice candidates. This is an ongoing area of study, as the hiring issues are just beginning to emerge, requiring further research and investigation. Law Enforcement agencies and government will have to work together to present multiple viable options for the continued recruitment and retainment of Millennials and Generation Z in the Criminal Justice field. This paper will present some of those options while delivering other possibilities that have yet to be discussed or decided on.