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OCJS Grants Law Enforcement Recruitment Grant Program

Law Enforcement Recruitment Grant

The Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment (OLER) was established in 2020 by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and is housed within OCJS. The office assists agencies that are working to hire more minorities and women, and encourages those populations to explore a law enforcement career. OLER hopes to not only engage law enforcement agencies across the state, but to also collaborate with the diverse network of individuals within the communities they serve. The office will accomplish these goals by focusing on five important areas:

  1. Assist law enforcement agencies in increasing the pool of qualified applicants and the retention of officers.
  2. Collaborate with law enforcement professionals to develop best practices in the recruitment, selection, and retention of law enforcement candidates who are suited for this unique profession.
  3. Utilize best practices to assist agencies in their efforts to hire women and minorities.
  4. Actively engage women and minorities to consider a career in law enforcement.
  5. Focus on supporting executive management and human resources in vital role in the recruitment, selection process, and retention of those officers.