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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.

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.

Strengthen Your Agency by Planning for Your Replacement

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.

Questionable Police Reform: New Orleans PD Axes Education Requirement

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) decided on Feb. 9 that it will no longer require recruits to have 60 hours of college credit or two years of military experience. Leaders justified the action by saying the agency is understaffed and the education mandate made it too difficult to hire officers. For an agency that is currently undergoing the most sweeping police reform program ever enacted by the Department of Justice, is this really the best step towards improvement?