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Professional Development Week 2 Discussion 2

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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.

Often times 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/

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