If your police chief got hit by a bus tomorrow, would someone in your agency be ready to step into his or her role? Police chiefs need to start thinking of succession planning as a critical function of the job and work to identify and develop future leaders to avoid a leadership crisis in the agency. One of the first, and often most difficult aspects of succession planning, is asking chiefs to disclose his or her retirement plans. Learn more.
By Shayne P. Leitch, graduate of American Military University
School shootings, random acts of mass violence, and the drug trade have created a necessity for even small police agencies to develop, organize, train, and deploy specialized teams of officers. What are the requirements, training, and development of SWAT members and what do administrators need to consider before developing such a specialized unit?