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Christmas Day: Remember the American Heroes of 1776

By Dr. Robert “Smitty” Smith
During the Christmas season, it is easy for us to forget the horrors and hardships endured by the first American army in 1776. They had suffered defeat after defeat, its commander-in-chief couldn't win, and his own plotted against him. The army was in tatters, unpaid, unsupplied, and unclothed. Learn how General Washington's leadership saved the Army—and the revolution—that Christmas season.

Developing a Modernized Reserve Unit: Infrastructural Considerations

By Christopher L. McFarlin, J.D., Criminal Justice

Across the country, police departments continuously rely on units of reserve officers for a multitude of assignments. However, historically, there has always been a divide between full-time officers and reserve officers. This is, in large part, due to the fact that full-time police officers don’t see reserve officers as their equals. AMU criminal justice professor Christopher McFarlin writes about how agencies who intend to continue or increase their use of reserve officers must adapt a command and management structures, determine requirements of relevant state laws, and focus their attention on integrating reserve officers into the wider department.

Know How to Avoid Teamwork Pitfalls

Teamwork, especially among law enforcement officers, is a crucial aspect of the job. However, the effectiveness of teams is largely dependent on leadership’s commitment to teamwork and the willingness of individuals to be strong team members. AMU criminal justice professor Michelle Beshears writes about the five distinct dysfunctions that police leaders need to be aware of that could threaten effective teams within their agencies.

Correctional Officers Are Killing Themselves

The suicide rate among correctional officers is significantly higher than other occupations and twice as high as police officers. Yet, the topic of suicide and the stressors contributing to suicide are rarely discussed. AMU professor Michael Pittaro recently presented to correctional representatives from 14 southern states about suicide awareness and the need for a change in leadership style.

General McChrystal on the Art of Leadership Against Today’s Enemy

AMU professor Lawrence Dietz recently attended a talk by General Stanley McChrystal who discussed the challenges of leading large, diverse groups. Learn more about how McChrystal's leadership style evolved during his military service and how he learned to treat teams as if they are individuals so that teams can effectively interact with other teams just as individuals interact with each other to provide reinforcement, support, and assistance.

During his talk, McChrystal also described the challenges of facing a new kind of enemy that was not organized in the traditional hierarchical way, but rather composed of a loose network enabled by real-time communications using mobile phones and the Internet.

Captain Phillips: Never Give Up

Attendees of the Mid-Atlantic Intel & Law Enforcement Training Seminar (INLETS) were treated to some Hollywood star power with a keynote address by Captain Richard Phillips, whose capture by Somali pirates was famously depicted in the movie, Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks.

Learn more about Phillips' perspective on leadership, his confidence in the power of training, and his unyielding attitude to never give up as the reasons he survived the 2009 hijacking of the MV Maersk Alabama.

Leading Change in Law Enforcement

Change does not typically go over well in law enforcement organizations. In general, people like to operate in their comfort zones and for many individuals, the way things are is just fine. These individuals know the rules, they know what they can and cannot do, and they can survive and succeed in such an environment. When something new is introduced it often upsets this delicate balance. However, change is necessary in all organizations and law enforcement leaders must do a better job of helping their officers accept and prosper during change.