Rural areas make up 72 percent of the United States’ land area, and are home to 46 million people. Though more economically diverse than in the past, rural areas are still responsible for the majority of production in agriculture, manufacturing, mining, and forestry. Declining job opportunities in these sectors have led to lack of employment and increasing poverty in many rural communities—as well as a shrinking tax base to support service providers. As a result, many rural public safety and public health professionals face staffing shortages, while existing staff are responsible for large geographic areas. Many are also challenged by lack of training and the need to wear multiple hats.
Conversations with Rural Law Enforcement Leaders Volume 1
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services