• Solution-Focused Venting

    Rather than letting complaining become a toxin to both you and your agency, the following principles will actually allow venting to be constructive, forward-looking, and emotionally healthy.

    Article • May 8th, 2012

  • Know Your A's and I's

    The biggest reason why we produce an after action report is to share the lessons learned to prepare for the future. Sharing our learning curve is very important today.

    Article • May 30th, 2011

  • Do’s and Don’t for New Commanders

    As a young promoted supervisor, who is coming from the lower end of the seniority spectrum and now being "in charge" of those his senior; how do you handle it? Well, this is a frequent theme in police departments nationwide. Let’s take a look at this...

    Article • July 26th, 2012

  • Personal Preference or Policy Decisions

    Your skills and knowledge may have gotten you to the rank of sergeant, but you must be careful not to hold that over others; especially those you now are responsible for leading.

    Article • July 3rd, 2012

  • Separating Contenders from Pretenders

    New chiefs or new commanders must know their territory as well. What are your local hot buttons? Before the downward economic troubles, it was crime and perception.

    Article • June 1st, 2012

  • The Changing Winds of Leadership

    One cannot go for a week without hearing some doom and gloom story of yet another city that is on the verge of bankruptcy. What this does do is create a future problem. Budget is tight, so cut back on police, criminal justice and emergency services. Now...

    Article • April 26th, 2012

  • The Confident Female Crimefighter, Part Two

    Being a confident woman in a law enforcement organization means being a “leader,” sometimes formal, sometimes informal. In fact, many of the most powerful police leaders have no stars, bars, stripes or other “bling” on their uniforms.

    Article • April 20th, 2012

  • Bounties for Traffic Stops and Brass’s Hidden Quotas?

    If traffic ticket quotas are illegal, what message does the brass send the frontline and courts when they hide such quotas in internal job performance jargon?

    Article • April 16th, 2012

  • Young Command Mistakes

    Leadership is hard work, but the most rewarding if done correctly. Learn from other’s mistakes and successes. Be a mentor and not a monster.

    Article • March 22nd, 2012

  • Applying “Aloha”

    Learning the race is a marathon and not a sprint, and valuing the small triumphs along the way, is one of the biggest keys to not only surviving but thriving in law enforcement.

    Article • March 8th, 2012

  • Information sharing: “social” police work

    It's one thing to post surveillance video online and ask for public feedback, using the social space the same way you would traditional TV and print media. But it's another to share the same information with neighboring agencies.

    Article • March 6th, 2012

  • Weary Warriors

    Today’s cops are under extraordinary pressures; this calls for leadership.

    Article • February 23rd, 2012

  • Muddy Boots Leadership

    When officers are being asked to “do everything with nothing,” it costs a leader nothing but muddy boots to walk with them – and it can inspire extraordinary effort

    Article • February 21st, 2012

  • Retire Already!

    I nudged my relief who finally opened her eyes. Without acknowledging the lack of her diligence (or any movement at all) she pulled out her headset, shoved herself up out of her chair and walked away. “Damn, Rule of 80,” I thought to myself quickly...

    Article • February 14th, 2012

  • New Year in the Chief’s World

    I am beginning my tenth year as a chief and have come to the realization that this business has changed immensely in my brief tenure. So, what are the new challenges on tap for chiefs?

    Article • January 30th, 2012

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