week 5 discussion 1
the Supervisory Element
While much of the training focus within law enforcement lies with the officers
in the field, many departments are now committing significant time and
resources towards effective supervisory and leadership training. In looking at
the role of officer versus that of supervisor/manager, categorize the focus and
goals of training at each level. Identify the importance and impact of the two
(2) areas of training on the community and agency. What impact does liability
have on the actions of the supervisor or manager? Provide your opinion on the
importance of leadership training and the level of supervision at which you
deem it most important to ensure the success of the squad, unit, or division.
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Training for the line officer is primarily to reduce
liability by educating the officer on constitutional issues through in-service
training, as well as teach new skills to improve the quality of service
available to the public with specialized training.
Training for supervisors must focus on management,
leadership, supervision, and earning the respect of subordinates. Effective
training for line officers and supervisors will result in fewer liability
issues from misconduct and illegal conduct of officers. It also improves the
quality of product given to the public, as well as the image of the department
in the community, which in turn will improve morale within the ranks. Liability
for supervisors rests in their ability to effectively supervise, instruct, and
lead line officers. An effective supervisor will limit the liability of the
department when misconduct occurs, because they will have already identified
the problem officer and attempted to work with him, if any warning signs are
given. Failure to train, failure to supervise and failure to protect lawsuits
are classic ways to bring liability on upper management.(O’Keefe, 2004, pg.
234) It is only through the deep pockets of the department, city, and
state government that lawsuits are lucrative. Suing the individual officer
typically does not result in much of a settlement.
It is essential that supervisors properly lead their
subordinates, and monitor them carefully, not spy on them. The book refers to
organizational stability, which I believe infers that all supervisors and
administrators are all on the same page with goals, policies and management
strategies to ensure an equal and positive work environment for all within the
department. Sadly, too many supervisors are either ineffective at transitioning
from workhorse to leader, or are caught up in their own ego to achieve this
level of utopia. Training the supervisors in positive leadership techniques can
help, but it is important to provide leadership training to prospective
supervisors as well, to ensure proper goals and ideas are nurtured.
O’Keefe, J. (2004). Protecting the republic:
The education and training of American police officers. Upper Saddle River,
NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.