Polco and Guardian Alliance Technologies Announce Partnership Providing Data Solutions for Community Police Services and Hiring Decisionmaking
April 6, 2021
Stockton, California — April 7, 2021 — Polco/National Research Center (NRC) and Guardian Alliance Technologies are very pleased to announce the commencement of a unique and meaningful partnership to support the law enforcement needs of communities across the country. Recruiting and retaining qualified law enforcement personnel and delivering local police services that are aligned with community expectations and priorities are essential elements of meeting public safety goals. This partnership will provide accurate and citable data that drives informed decisionmaking about police candidates and community police services.
“Successful law enforcement agencies hire the most qualified police officers and continuously focus on the development needs of their organization and staff and the public safety needs and priorities of community residents and stakeholders. This important partnership is designed to provide communities easy access to the tools and resources needed to find the best police officer candidates and meet the ever changing public safety demands of the community using values-based performance data,” said Matt Fulton, VP of National Engagement at Polco.
“Providing local government and law enforcement leaders with scientifically backed data-driven solutions are more important today than ever. Twenty first century policing will require technology platforms that are practical, affordable, and measurable. This partnership brings all of these benefits together and allows agencies across the country to start impacting their communities immediately. We couldn’t be more excited about this relationship,” said Ryan Layne, CEO at Guardian Alliance Technologies.
Polco is a premier online community engagement platform that provides the tools local governments need to bring community members and leaders together. With its research arm, National Research Center, Polco delivers reliable public feedback and benchmarking survey data that guides local governments and other public sector organizations to action. Designed by experts to guide community-centered policing, two key benchmark survey tools include The National Police Services Survey ™ (The NPSS™) and The National Employee Survey-Police Department (The NES-PD).
The NPSS provides communities an accurate and comprehensive picture of resident sentiment about local police services. The NES-PD is an employee climate assessment designed to help organizations better understand the personal and professional challenges confronting law enforcement personnel. The survey also indicates where organizational changes are needed to improve overall job satisfaction, and the ability to serve and protect in a fair, trusted, and equitable way.
Guardian Alliance Technologies provides background investigation software designed by law enforcement experts, so organizations can hire with confidence. Their end-to-end background solution provides Law Enforcement Agencies with an easy way to pre-screen, investigate, and approve law enforcement candidates. Guardian’s National Applicant Information Center tracks answers that applicants have given to other agencies across the nation. Guardian’s platform helps reduce applicant processing time and ultimately leads to qualified hires who agencies and communities can trust.
This important partnership comes together at a time when communities are facing daunting challenges. Recruiting and retaining qualified police officers who can successfully meet today’s evolving public safety needs and demands is more important now than ever. In addition, resident safety priorities must be understood and tracked to better align resources and build community trust in police. This partnership offers decisionmakers the best tools, resources, and data to move forward with confidence.
Together, Polco and Guardian Alliance Technologies bring two high-performing digital innovations and scientific research capabilities to local leaders. This partnership will greatly help organizations successfully deliver police services to community stakeholders with qualified personnel, and in a manner that meets resident needs and expectations.