Getting Serious About Mental Health

Police need to get serious about how they are responding to what appears to be a growing problem regarding the management of persons with mental disorders. I have posted about his problem in the past. Here’s what Michael Koval had to say: +++++++++++++ CHIEF KOVAL’S BLOG Madison Police Department Recognized as National Leader in Providing […]

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Report From the Chicago PERF Meeting

Last week I posted a suggested agenda for police leaders belonging to PERF when they gathered in Chicago on Monday. Maybe some of them were listening according to the following news report by Fiona Ortiz of Reuters News. “Dozens of police chiefs meeting in Chicago this week said a notorious fatal police shooting in Ferguson, […]

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How a Traffic Offense Can Be a Ticket to Prison

How can a traffic offense get you a ticket to prison? The answer is, “Quite easily if you’re poor!” Let’s take a look at the system of court fines and then correct it, our criminal justice system is rigged against poor people – and a big part of the Ferguson problem was how this system […]

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Diversity is More Than Race or Gender

When I talk about diversity I don’t just mean race and gender. Diversity is more. It is, also about ethnicity, culture, national origin and sexual orientation. Diversity is necessary in our police because they work in a multi-cultural, diverse society. Without diversity in a police department it will be unable to fully serve and have […]

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More on Militarization of Police

The problem of police militarization is more than the use of armored vehicles, SWAT teams, and camouflaged uniforms – it’s also how we train police. In many instances, candidates are introduced to police in a training academy atmosphere that resembles boot camp more than a college classroom. I wrote about this problem in “Arrested Development”: […]

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Top Posts Last Week

TOP EIGHT POSTS LAST WEEK Principles of Leadership An Open Letter to Members of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Making Choices: The Moral Aspects of Policing Sowing Seeds You Deserve Excellence in Policing! Hazing and Bullying in the Police Academy What Should Police Do and Be? Chicago PERF Meeting: A Suggested Agenda     […]

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Chicago PERF Meeting: A Suggested Agenda

I am afraid that since my “Open Letter” to you earlier this week another elephant has appeared. We now have almost a whole herd of elephants that need to be identified and set out to pasture: 1.  Police response to public protest. 2.  The use of force by police as a first, not last, resort; […]

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How to Sustain Excellence

“Get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats… When you have that, you can drive the bus anywhere.” Jim Collins in Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… And Others Don’t In building and sustaining trust and excellence by a […]

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An Open Letter to Members of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)

The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) will be hosting a meeting next week (September 16-17) in Chicago titled, “Defining Moments for Police Chiefs.” Your organization has said it is “to discuss how police chiefs handle critical incidents and their defining moments… [Including] a discussion of some of the issues raised by the recent events in […]

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You Deserve Excellence in Policing!

Jokingly, an old colleague of mine, Dave Gorski, who was chief of police in nearby Appleton, Wisc., used to say,”We deserve the kind of police we have.” I know that seems pretty negative, but think about it. If citizens don’t care about their police and are not involved in their hiring, training and review, it […]

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