On Picking a Top Cop
[From an article yesterday by Tim Stellar in the “Arizona Daily Star.”]
“You can picture a City Manager in his slippers this weekend, staring out the window, a résumé in each hand…
- ‘Do I pick the white guy who said “Black lives matter,” or the black guy who didn’t?”
- ‘Do I pick the innovative small-city chief, or the traditional big-city police leader?’
- ‘Do I go with the Democrats or the Republicans?’
“In Tucson, a new city manager’s first big decision, selecting a police chief, has turned into a competition between significant local-interest groups. He’s planning to forward his pick to the council for their up-or-down vote on Tuesday…” [And, oh, did I mention the leading male candidate is gay and married?]
- Read the full article HERE.
Perhaps this will be of help to Tucson’s City Manager Mike Ortega. It’s from my book, How To Rate Your Local Police:
Police Chief Leadership Characteristics
- What kind of person is the chief [and how has the candidate demonstrated the following characteristics]?
- Clear vision.
- Willingness to challengethe status quo.
- Take risks, be innovative, and build a coalition of support for change
- Self confidence.
- Personal integrity.
- Respect of community and elected officials.
- Ability to inspire and motivate.
- What tone does the chief set for the agency [the candidate has led]?
- Coherent crime control strategy.
- Concrete crime prevention strategy.
- Defend rights of unpopular groups.
- Equal delivery of community police services.
- [Has] the chief articulate[d] the policies of the agency clearly and understandably [in the agency the candidate has led]?
- Speaking out and taking a stand.
- Spokesperson on crimecontrol and public safety.
- Advisor on personal security.
- Preserver of due process guarantees.
- Defender of minority rights.
- Protector of the weak and injured.
- Manager of a complex bureaucracy.
- Guardian of the rule of law.
Policy Characteristics [in the agency the candidate has led]
- Does the police agency have a clear sense of its objectives?
- Does the police agency guide, train, and supervise police officers in the restraint of the use of force?
- Is the police agency willing to investigate and discipline officers engaging in misconduct?
Organizational Characteristics [of the agency the candidate has led]
- Do police officers respectindividual rights?
- Does the police agency address crimeand order problems by using all community resources?
- Does the police agency cooperate and coordinate with neighboring law enforcement agencies and with other agencies in the criminal justicesystem?
- Does the police agency communicate well with the public?
- How does the police agency approach the media?
 David C. Couper. How to Rate Your Local Police. Washington, DC: Police Executive Research Forum, 1983.
- AND WHO DID THE CITY MANAGER PICK?
- CHECK HERE!