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.
leadership is now confronting a crisis stage because of the high volume of
veteran officers that are retiring from the force. I have personally seen
this in my department within the last couple years. We call these guys
the Vietnam era cops, because most of them are Vietnam Veterans or were hired
at the end of the war. The problem is that they are retiring in large
numbers so the department is constantly hiring to make up for attrition. Most
of these individuals are our salty sergeants and lieutenants so these positions
are coming open in great numbers. This is why I am now working towards my
degree so I can remain competitive.
The department leadership can ensure that this type of transition goes
smoothly by implementing a good form of professional development to address
this problem. Chiefs need to take a long view and look at succession
planning and leadership development as a continuous process that changes
organizational culture. To provide for the ongoing supply of talent needed to
meet organizational needs, chiefs should use recruitment, development tools
(such as job coaching, mentoring, understudy, job rotation, lateral moves,
higher-level exposure, acting assignments, and instructing) and career planning
This can be achieved by identifying those individuals within the department
that may be potential candidates and place them into areas such as details that
can allow them to expand their view of the department. This will also
require for individuals who are in those leadership positions to mentor or
groom individuals so that they can be prepared to move into higher positions or
assume responsibilities of certain programs within the department.
Peak, Kenneth J., Larry K. Gaines
and Ronald Glensor. Police Supervision and Management for Ashford
University, 3rd Edition. Pearson Learning Solutions. VitalBook file.