Write 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.
Marcos Police 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 (Peak, 2010).
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.