W rite 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.
The crisis stage in law
enforcement refers to the changes that have been encountered regarding the need
for training and development. Never before in law enforcement has the
need for technology been so great. The next generation needs to be
trained to replace those for whom technology and training was not always
available. In order for a department to keep up with the changes to
society, law enforcement, the world of technology, and the style of learning, a
long term plan must be instituted that ensures these needs are met. A
chief of police needs to train their replacement and so on down the line.
It is important that the “big picture” is seen by all of those coming into the
leadership role (Gaines, Glensor, & Peak, 2010).
A new leader must understand their role within the
department. The leader must understand where the department intends to be
in the future as well as having some concept on the steps needing to taken to
get there. The new leader must understand the liability issues, they must
be able to train toward the goals of the department as well as being able to
lead other officers toward that goal (Gaines, Glensor, & Peak,
The crisis stage in law enforcement requires that every
chief or administrator use strategic planning to develop new leaders, able to
assume the role of leadership when they leave. When strategic planning is
used to have a vision for the future and requirements needed to achieve these
goals, the chief can then implement training and mentoring that develops the
subordinates into the future of the department. This is referred to as a
legacy (Gaines, Glensor, & Peak, 2010).
K., Glensor, R. W., & Peak, K. J. (2010). Police Supervision and
Management: In an Era of Community Policing. Upper Saddle River: Pearson