Answer these questions pertaining to how you would handle this situation:
- What do you believe are some of Sergeant Gresham’s problems as a new supervisor? Could anything have been done before he assumed his new position to help him understand his role better? If so, what?
- As Gresham’s superior officer, what advice would you give him? Are there any other supervisory or command officers who you should ask to be involved in dealing with this situation? Who and why?
- What corrective action must Sergeant Gresham take immediately with his team of officers? Why
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What do you believe are some of Sergeant Gresham problems as a new supervisor? Could anything have been done before he assumed his new position to help him understand his role better? If so, what?
First off, I think that Sgt. Gresham first problem is that he is in denial of his friends. It is obvious he has close relationship with his peers on and off duty. Therefore, I believe that he is being a bit bias and doing what all friends do by covering for them or he himself could be directly involve in these reports. In regards to the second part of this question, you would think that he would have already attend different courses such as leadership courses and advance training prior to stepping into a leadership role. However, I think that the only other plan would have been is to put Sgt. Gresham on complete opposite shifts of his close friends and peers forcing him work with others who he may not be so comfortable with. This would be the best way for him to get out of his comfort zone and take matters such as this one more seriously. In addition, I think that the first thing that he should be doing as a leader is taking the time getting to know his people.
As Gresham superior officer, what advice would you give him? Are there any other supervisory or command officers who you should ask to be involved in dealing with this situation? Who and why?
Being in the military, I was always taught to never counsel or meet with peers alone regarding a private matter. Therefore, I would definitely have someone there as a witness during this meeting that way nothing is misinterpreted or that no one may accus the other of any wrong doing. I would bring in someone of the same rank as me maybe from another unit or maybe just an assistant to me. My biggest advice would be to him from man to man is to get himself and his peers together and fast. I would be straight forth with him in getting him to realize the seriousness of the situation. I would explain to him that he is on another platform now and its not only about him but rather the people who he lead and the department as a whole. Having saying that, the decisions he makes and the things that he do or let get away is only the reflection of his leadership ability.
What corrective action must Sergeant Gresham take immediately with his team of officers? Why?
The first thing that he should do immediately with his team of officers is to meet with them and lay it all out there explaining the seriousness of the situation and how he has “failed” as their leader to correct the problem. Secondly, and most importantly, they all need to go into the community in which they serve and rebuild their relationship with the people who were affected. This doesnt have to be only during shift. They should go above and beyond by funding their own community bbq/picnic of some sort giving back and showing their efforts.