By Jim Isenberg
Each day the media floods the airwaves with their often-contradictory model of the position and behaviour of the police strength. according to this, you may imagine that law enforcement officials both brutally implement their very own interpretation of the nation’s legislation or use the entire sleek instruments on hand to scrupulously and repeatedly discover the particular clues that result in the id and arrest of suspected criminals. according to interviews with 26 police chiefs, Police management in a Democracy: Conversations with America’s Police Chiefs takes a poignant trip in the course of the minds of the lads and girls who've risen to the head of a career necessary to the country’s security and safety. The book’s interview structure provides a voice to police chiefs from towns and areas as varied as Newark, New Jersey; Lenexa, Kansas; and Richmond, California. They speak about their visions for his or her departments and the demanding situations they confronted bringing that imaginative and prescient to fruition, together with errors made alongside the best way. The chiefs communicate candidly approximately their relationships with mayors, unions, group leaders, and their very own officials. Highlighting the significance of those inherently difficult relationships, chiefs verify their strengths and, on occasion, their mess ups. They clarify their methods to operating with the group to minimize crime and the problems curious about gaining help for those neighborhood policing efforts. notwithstanding their jurisdictions have been various, the chiefs universally well-known the basic have to boost and help their law enforcement officials whereas construction powerful relationships among the group and the political constitution of town. establishing a window to the daily realities of police management, this e-book deals a practical view of the demanding situations of motivating road law enforcement officials to implement the legislation in a fashion that is helping electorate construct belief in it and in them.
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I had to ensure that human dignity was respected as a key component of my vision for the department. Napper was concerned about the response of his personnel when he presented his vision to them. I was aware that many in the police department were worried about being handcuffed themselves, as it were. I had the impression that they wanted to be able to do whatever they wanted to do any time they wanted to. I was very concerned about this kind of mentality, but there was never any kind of dilemma in my mind about the rights of citizens and the need to make sure these rights were protected!
Later, he found himself alone when the real challenges, such as reassigning incompetent staff and developing clear expectations for his line officers, had to be faced by the political leaders. He acknowledged that a major mistake had been his failure to fully appreciate the intransigence of the Philadelphia police culture. He then described the NYPD culture as being more supportive of change, innovation, and police officer education. He explained how the NYPD culture was well known for promoting police officer professional development.
All police agencies in a democracy must have a set of values that they follow and set rules by. Policies, procedures, training— everything a police agency does must be governed by values. One of the values must be that it’s the role of the police officer to protect the constitutional rights of the people and that is just as important as enforcing the law. I see the role as probably one of the most important elements of government because their role is to protect the Constitution. If they do that, then in my estimation, they become the most important employees in city government.