Development Week 2 Discussion 2
Write a response to the following prompt:
Explain why it is said that police leadership is now confronting a “crisis
stage.” Describe what may be done in the form of professional development to
address this problem.
It is evident that the police
leadership is now confronting a “crisis stage”. As in any other organization,
the policing department required a leadership that can be able to solve the
problem associated with the requirement of the department. The law enforcement
profession has gotten into a leadership crisis due to the increased number of
unqualified candidates to fill the unidentified police leadership positions.
There are no enough qualified workers to fill the vacuum of leadership in the
current policing program.
Fewer candidates today are
willing to vie for appointed position of police chief in different policing
departments. Each of the current police chief is also avoiding the highest rank
in the career ladder thus posing a crisis in the police leadership. The new and
experienced police recruits said to avoid the so-called headaches and stress of
being a high-ranking police chief. No preparation is apparent in the current
police departments for succession.
To be able to address this
problem it is necessary to first analyze the cause for the scarceness in the
number of qualified officers to fill the leadership crisis. The current police
leadership should also undertake to implement plan on how to address the
crisis. The police organization needs to do the necessary consultancy and
perform the implementation of the succession plan for the executive levels in
the leadership. The law enforcement has to take the responsibility of
leadership skill development to offset the diminishing number of individual to
take up leadership position. Police chief should prepare people to succeed them
once they retire from service. Each of the agencies needs also to provide
better career development grounds for the future leaders in police (Kouze &
Posner, 2012). Internal personnel development needs a focus in order for the
police organization no solve the problems.
police officers are taught how to manage but they also need to understand how
to become leaders and make tactical decisions the way that a drill sergeant
would. (Wyllie & Fairburn, 2010). Training is
important for supervisors themselves; among the avenues of professional growth
for police supervisors are training, education, literature, and professional
and civic organizations that contribute to career development. (Peak, Gaines,
& Glensor, 2010, p. 161).
Kouzes, J. M., & Posner, B. Z. (2012). The leadership
challenge: How to make extraordinary things
happen in organizations. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Peak, K., Gaines, L. & Glensor, R. (2010). Police supervision and management
in an era of community policing (3rd ed.) Upper saddle, NJ: Pearson
Education, Inc. ISBN: 9780135154663
Wyllie, D. & Fairburn, D. (2010, June 4). Dick
Fairburn – A crisis of leadership: Create great leaders
[Video]. Retrieved from http://www.policeone.com/policeonetv/