Sergeant Jody Kasper, Northampton Police Department
“has been a police officer since 1996 and currently works as a patrol supervisor. Her written works include numerous
articles that have been published in magazines such as Law and Order, The Police Chief and Police Recruit. Her first published
book is on progressive police supervision. She has completed a second book on motivation and morale for police officers that
will be published in 2011. All of her writing is centered around problem-solving. She identifies current problems or practices
that could be improved upon and then clearly details successful strategies that can be easily implemented.
According to the book description of Progressive
Police Supervision, “Confront the unique leadership challenges of 21st century policing with confidence
commitment and success! The book features: Proven solutions to PR problems & tips for maintaining a positive image; A
practical perspective on policing: Where we've been, where we're going and why; Successfully implementing changes for improvement;
The challenge of working with schools and the rewards of doing it well; Step-by-step instructions for getting your agency
accredited; and, How "Total Quality Management" improves supervisors, officers & agencies.”
Chief Mitchell P. Weinzetl, Buffalo Police Department (Minnesota) “has been
a police officer for over twenty-two years, including more than fifteen years of formal leadership experience.
For more than thirteen years, Mitch has been a Chief of Police, serving three different departments in that capacity.
He has an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Law Enforcement, and also holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Masters Degree
in Organizational Management. Chief Weinzetl has been an ardent student of leadership, and has spent hundreds of hours teaching
officers in the areas of Firearms, Use of Force, Specialty Munitions, SWAT, Supervision, and Leadership Development. Mitch
is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in adult education and higher learning. Chief Weinzetl has served
on several boards of directors on a local, state, and federal level. He is a past Rotary Club president, and is also past
president of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association.” Mitchell P. Weinzetl is the author of ACTING OUT:
Outlining Specific Behaviors and Actions For Effective Leadership
William F. Walsh, Ph.D. is the director of the Southern Police Institute and professor in the Department of Justice
Administration at the University of Louisville. William Walsh has a BA in Behavioral
Sciences, MA in Criminal Justice and a PhD in Sociology. Dr. William Walsh is
responsible for all educational and professional development course offerings of the Southern Police Institute.
Dr. William Walsh’s is a former member of the New York Police Department where he served for
21 years. He is the author of Supervision of Police Personnel: A Performance Based Approach; and, a co-author of Police Administration; Strategic Management in Policing: A Total Quality Management Approach; and,
Organizational Behavior and Management in Law Enforcement.
According to the description of Organizational
Behavior and Management in Law Enforcement, “This absolutely outstanding book overcomes the obstacles and impediments
that beset so many others in the field of police management. Its clear, concise presentation and realistic and very thorough
overview of contemporary law enforcement organizations and managerial issues make this a tightly written book that manages
to cover all the relevant major topics in contemporary law enforcement management; its appealing and straightforward style
will be appreciated by all users. Organizational Behavior and Management in Law Enforcement includes chapters on personality,
values, groups, power, decision-making, conflict, change, and organization development. Case studies put this book above all
others in the field. For professionals in law enforcement that hold these positions: Chief, Assistant Chief, Commander, Major,
Captain, Lieutenant, Watch Commander, Sheriff, and Assistant Sheriff.”
Leadership, Supervision and Management
This is a new and growing section on website. We've list books by police officers on supervision,
management and leadership in law enforcement, policing and criminal justice. Additionally, there are original short
articles on leadership. The section will continue to grow, so check back often or suggest a book. And, many of
these articles and books will tell you how to get motivated.
The Jump Start
first day in your assignment. Perhaps you are a newly appointed leader, or you
have been transferred into a new assignment. How do you establish leadership? How do you get things moving in the right direction?
You have the positional authority, the stripes or bars or whatever symbol of leadership. The position is only one type
of leadership power and for the most part the weakest.
As you study your
craft, leadership, you will find that there are several types of leader power. Many
people have a difficult time with the word power; It can carry negative connotations.
Recall our first article and think of our definition of leadership The art of influencing human behavior toward organizational
goals. In the leader realm, power is the amount and type of influence the leader
possesses. First, lets define four of the power bases you can work from as a
new leader and then we will explore how to combine them into a plan to jump start your leadership.
About the Author
Gerald W. Garner is Chief of Police of
the Greeley Police Department (Colorado). He is a 36-year veteran of law enforcement,
having commenced his policing career as a patrolman at the Victoria, Texas Police Department in 1969. He spent 30 years with the nationally acknowledged Lakewood, Colorado Police Department, retiring at the
rank of division chief in 2003. He then went on to become the Chief of Police
for the Fort Lupton Police Department (Colorado), and now, the Chief of Police for the Greeley Police Department.
Chief Gerald Garner has amassed extensive
experience in grass-roots policing. In addition to his work as a patrol officer,
he has served as a patrol sergeant, detective supervisor, patrol watch commander, crime prevention and public information
specialist, academy director internal affairs commander, and patrol division chief.
Chief Gerald Garner is the author of over
200 magazine and journal articles on law enforcement topics. Many of the articles
address officer safety subjects. He has also authored six books on policing. He instructs widely and has served as a guest lecturer at the Federal Bureau of Investigation's
National Academy at Quantico, Virginia and for the International Association for Chiefs of Police.
Chief Gerald Garner is the author
of Surviving the Street: Officer Safety and
Survival Techniques; Common Sense Police Supervision: Practical Tips for the First-Line Leader; Chief, the Reporters Are Here:
The Police Executive's Personal Guide to Press Relations; High Risk Patrol: Reducing the Danger to You; Police Role in Alcohol-Related
Crises; and, Police supervision: A common sense approach.
Michael A. Petrillo is a retired chief of police from the Belleville Police Department (New Jersey). He has co-authored several books with Daniel R. DelBagno, a retired Captain from an
unknown law enforcement agency in New Jersey. Among the books they co-authored
are The New Age Of Police Supervision And Management:
A Behavioral Concept and The New Jersey Title 2C Quizzer: A Question and Answer Study Guide of the New Jersey Code of Criminal
Justice. They are also co-editors of the LearningExpress Police Sergeant Exam.
According to the book description of The New Age Of Police Supervision And Management: A Behavioral Concept “Packed with the authors’
60 years of time-tested leadership expertise, this managerial gold mine is filled with the knowledge you need to accelerate
your career and earn the supervisory positions you aspire to! Easy-to-understand and logically segmented for long-term retention,
this guide leaves no stone unturned on the road to higher rank…from detailing the key traits of successful supervisors
and understanding the complex world of human behavior to practical advice for gaining respect from the troops and handling
difficult, real-world challenges within the ranks, from drugs to racial tension.”
Ronald M. McCarthy served as a Los Angeles police officer for over twenty-four. He was assigned to
the department's tactical unit, Metro Division, for 20 years and retired from Special Weapons and Tactics as the senior supervisor
and assistant commander in 1984. Ronald McCarthy was the chief of Tactical Operations for the U.S. Department of Energy from
1984 through 1986. He was the director of the Deadly Force Training Grants for the U.S. Department of Justice and the International
Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) from 1986 through 1988. Ronald McCarthy served as manager for IACP's Center for Advanced
Police Studies from 1985 through 1992.
Since 1992, Ronald McCarthy has been the owner of R.M. McCarthy & Associates, a training, consulting,
and marketing resource for law enforcement. He has trained police officers from Europe, South America, the Middle East, and
more than 30,000 police officers and military here in the United States.
Ronald McCarthy was awarded the Los Angeles Police Department Medal of Valor for action against the
Symbionese Liberation Army in 1975, and the Police Star for the rescue of hostages in 1983. He was presented with the National
Tactical Officers Association Award for Excellence in 1990. In 1995 the City of Erie, Pa., presented him with the All American
Hero Award for his service to law enforcement throughout the United States. In October of 1996, Ronald McCarthy was awarded
the National Tactical Officers Association's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ronald McCarthy is the co-author of The Management of Police Specialized Tactical Units. According
to the book description, “Managerial responsibility of a SWAT team requires continuous research in the material area
of long-term criminal trends as well as keeping abreast of new developments in relevant tactics, technology, and techniques
of law enforcement and the legal issues covering their use. The Management of Police Specialized Tactical Units explains the
steps for developing and maintaining a realistic, effective response to increasing levels of violent crime. The book makes
extensive use of actual field examples such as the North Hollywood Bank of America Shootout, the Mogadishu Airport Incident,
the Springle Street Incident, and the confrontation between police and the Symbionese Liberation Army. Chapter Six discusses
the various types and sources of equipment designed to give tactical units more effective technological choices and includes
examples of practical application, and the advantages and disadvantages of use. It answers questions of law regarding when
and under what circumstances the equipment may be used. Chapter Ten focuses on the partnership needed between law enforcement
and the media. The importance of cooperation is stressed to ensure safety of police officers, hostages, news personnel, and
bystanders during a hostage situation. Suggestions for establishing trust and credibility are presented. The final chapter
explores tactical operations of the future when dealing with increasingly violent encounters with juvenile offenders, the
phenomenon of “suicide-by-cop,” and the likelihood of terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction.”
Paul T. “Tim” Dickinson started his law enforcement career in 1977. He has served in several police agencies in
the metropolitan Philadelphia, PA area. His past assignments have included patrol operations, patrol supervisor, criminal
investigations, undercover narcotics investigation, and tactical operations command. He has served as a chief of police since
1992.Paul Dickinson is a graduate of Temple University and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico,
Paul Dickinson instructed recruits in the police academy for more than ten years and has also conducted various training programs
for police supervisors and elected officials. He serves as a law enforcement consultant for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
and numerous police agencies and communities throughout Pennsylvania. Currently, Paul Dickinson is the chief of police of
the Towamencin Township Police (Pennsylvania). Chief Paul Dickinson and Chief William Heim are the co-authors of Police Management:
Real World Scenarios.
William M. Heim’s law enforcement career spans more than 25 years and service with six police agencies. He began his career with the Upper Moreland Police Department and is now the chief of the Reading City
Police Department (Pennsylvania). Chief William Heim holds a Bachelor degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Public
Administration. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Senior Management
Institute for Police conducted by the Police Executive Research Forum.
has been an instructor at Montgomery County Community College and Augusta State University. He has also taught recruits in
the police academy and provided in-service training to veteran police officers. In year 2000 he was selected by Governor Tom
Ridge to serve on the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission. He is currently a consultant
on police management issues with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.
William Heim has authored articles appearing in Police Chief, Law and Order, Emergency Medical Service, and The Pennsylvanian
to the book description of Police Management:
Real World Scenarios, “Even though police officers receive months of training in the police academy before they
hit the streets, most learn to be good cops by responding to an endless variety of calls for assistance from the public. Becoming
a proficient police manager is a challenging but rewarding journey. This book seeks to help in this journey by applying the
principles of leadership to real-world situations. Each chapter consists of a dialogue or story involving police managers
facing problems and issues regularly dealt with by police agencies. Each chapter concludes with a review of the lessons learned,
ensuring that the reader achieves maximum benefit.”
series of articles is about small unit leadership. Not leadership in a wider
organization sense, but leadership down in the weeds. We will be looking at the
kind of leadership necessary for employees involved in highly complex problem-solving tasks (tactical situations to interpersonal
communication skills). The primary focus is for those leaders practicing their
trade with street cops, small vice or narcotic units, or tactical teams.
first step will be to work out a definition of leadership. As we progress through
this series of articles we will explore how leadership skills can be gained, honed and applied.
every promotional interview panel asks some type of leadership questions. Indeed,
they often simply ask the interviewee to define leadership. Ask someone. They will probably work backwards and use the words lead and leader to define leadership. But, a working definition of the word is critical before we can apply the concepts
to small units.
Morale: Whose Job is it anyways?
Karl Von Clausewitz,
a Prussian military general and military theorist, identified morale as a fundamental military principle. Since Clausewitz published On War morale has developed into a concept seen as critical to organizations,
including law enforcement. Unfortunately, morale is difficult to define and in
many circles has become somewhat synonymous with motivation. In this article
we will look at a very different definition of morale, its potential effects and how the first line supervisor can affect
Often times, people
consider morale the same as motivation. But, morale is not about motivation. If it were, negative discipline could improve morale. There are times negative discipline
is used to improve performance. Negative consequences can be a powerful tool
in shaping behavior. So, if morale were about behavior or performance, negative
discipline might be a tool for improving morale.
About the Author
Dr. George J. Thompson is the President & Founder of the Verbal Judo Institute, a tactical training
and management firm now based in Auburn, NY. Doc Thompson, aka "Doc Rhino," has an eclectic background, having taught English
on the High School level English Literature on the university level. Until 1999, George Thompson was a Class A reserve deputy for the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office
(New Mexico). Also a martial artist, he holds Black Belts in Judo & Taekwondo.
Doc has created the only Tactical Communication course in the world.
According to the book description of The Verbal Judo Way of Leadership– Empowering the Thin Blue Line “For many years Dr. Thompson
has sought to present the Verbal Judo philosophy on leadership in written form. “The Verbal Judo Way of Leadership –
Empowering the Thin Blue Line from the Inside Up” is a unique co-authorship between George Thompson, founder and president
of The Verbal Judo Institute and Verbal Judo instructor / retired “Green Beret” Greg Walker.
Featuring exclusive new material on the art of tactical communications and the elusive art of superior
leadership, Dr. Thompson and Greg Walker combine their diverse professional backgrounds with their shared Vision of Verbal
Judo concepts to help Peace Officers achieve excellence as law enforcement supervisors, managers, and administrators.
Drawing from Dr. Thompson’s street and courtroom proven Verbal Judo philosophy and his co-author’s
dual careers as an Army Special Forces combat leader and civilian peace officer “The Verbal Judo Way of Leadership –
Empowering the Thin Blue Line from the Inside Up” is MUST reading for the 21st Century law enforcement officer, First
Responder, and military man or woman intent on achieving true success as a leader in his or her chosen profession.”
Roger Fulton, New York State Police (ret.), holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Management. Roger Fulton is the author of Common Sense Supervision and Common
Sense Leadership. One reader/reviewer stated, “Common Sense
Supervision by Roger V. Fulton is a clear-cut guide for those who have obtained a new supervisory position and/or those who
have been in a supervisory position for a short period. I think it is more geared toward the first time supervisor and could
be a very useful tool by those who are becoming first time supervisors, whether it be through promotion or direct job placement.”
About the Author
Captain Robert M. Shusta (ret.),
MPA, served over twenty-seven years in law enforcement, and retired as a Captain at the Concord Police Department (California).
He has been a part-time instructor at numerous colleges and universities in northern California and at police academies. He
is a graduate of the 158th FBI National Academy and the 4th California Command College conducted by the California Peace Officer
Standards and Training Commission (POST). He served on state commissions responsible for developing and recommending to POST
guidelines, policy and training on cultural awareness and crimes motivated by hate.
Robert Shusta is the co-author of Multicultural
Law Enforcement: Strategies for Peacekeeping in a Diverse Society. According
to the book description of Multicultural Law Enforcement: Strategies for Peacekeeping in a Diverse Society,
“From a diverse team of writers whose expertise spans law enforcement and cross-cultural relations, comes a book with
comprehensive coverage of sensitive topics and issues related to diversity and multiculturalism facing police today and in
the 21st century. It contains insightful as well as practical information and guidelines on how law enforcement professionals
can work effectively with diverse cultural groups, both inside their organizations as well as in the community. Focusing on
the cross-cultural and racial contact that police officers and civilian employees have with citizens, victims, suspects, and
co-workers from diverse backgrounds, this book contains information on racial profiling, hate crimes, community-based policing,
undocumented immigrants and immigrant women, urban dynamics, and gays and lesbians in law enforcement. For law enforcement
managers, supervisors, officers, and instructors”
R. Ferguson became the chief of police for the Salinas Police Department in the summer of 1977. He is the co-author of The
Managing of Police Operations. According to the book description, “The Managing of Police Organizations,
now in its fifth edition, is still THE essential text for any course in police organization and management, as well as for
officers studying for promotional exams. While most texts in this area focus only on the basics on how to pass a promotional
exam, this text takes a stronger and more prescriptive approach that teaches the reader exactly what he or she can do to create
a stronger and more effective agency.
a complete look at how to manage a police organization, including leadership strategies, stress management, and police community
relations, The Managing of Police Organizations
is the only choice for a complete understanding of police management.”
his 20 year law enforcement career, Jon Shane worked a variety of assignments and worked his way through the ranks of detective,
sergeant and lieutenant, eventually reaching the rank of Captain. Captain Jon Shane (ret.) has a BA and Masters in criminal
justice; and, is currently working on his Doctorate in Criminal Justice. Captain
Jon Shane (ret.) is the author of What Every
Chief Executive Should Know.
to the book description of What Every Chief
Executive Should Know, “How many officers do we need? Are we efficiently using the ones we have? Is there a
relationship between the number of officers we have and our crime rate? What s the status of our patrol car fleet? Are citizens
satisfied with our work? What s the cost of our special programs and what are the actual benefits? Big questions that demand
solid answers! This book will help you provide them! Easy to understand and designed to help top administrators use actual
current information and calculations to make the kinds of informed decisions that make agencies run smoothly, efficiently
Safir, NYPD Police Commissioner (Ret.), said of What
Every Chief Executive Should Know, “This is a well thought out academic and technical review of the use of data
to increase effective policing and crime reduction. It would be worthwhile reading for any police executive”
Randy Gonzales has enjoyed a 32 year career in the criminal justice field. He has been a police officer,
deputy sheriff, police instructor and chief of police of the New College of Florida Police Department. Dr. Randy Gonzalez
holds a Master’s in Criminology and Public Administration, and a Ph.D. in Biblical Philosophy. A certified law enforcement
instructor, Randy Gonzalez is the author of The Law Enforcement Leadership Field Notebook and
Leadership Principles of the Christian Warrior.
According to the description
of The Law Enforcement Leadership Field Notebook, “Developed as a basic reference to first
line field operations. Contains checklists and templates for management and supervision of field personnel.”
to the description of Leadership Principles of the Christian Warrior, “developed for Leadership
Academy training and specialized workshops and seminars, etc, for principles and practices of leading. Used as a text for
selected church oriented programs.”