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Leadership: Texas Hold 'Em Style
Andrew J. Harvey  More Info

What is a Hero?: The American Heroes Press Short Story Anthology
Hi Tech Criminal Justice  More Info


Progressive Police Supervision
Jody Kasper  More Info

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.”


Acting Out: Outlining Specific Behaviors and Actions for Effective Leadership
Mitchell P. Weinzetl  More Info

 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


Organizational Behavior and Management in Law Enforcement (2nd Edition)
Harry W. More  More Info

Police Administration
James J Fyfe  More Info

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.”

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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.

Written by a retired Police Captain, an essential on small unit and wider organizational leadership

The Call to Lead
Andrew Harvey  More Info

Leadership: Texas Hold 'Em Style
Andrew J. Harvey  More Info
Tome on police supervision, used as the basis for promotional testing nationwide, written by a cop

Supervision of Police Personnel (6th Edition)
Nathan F. Iannone  More Info

The Jump Start

 

It’s your 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.

                  

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Common Sense Police Supervision: Practical Tips for the First-Line Leader
Gerald W. Garner  More Info

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. 


The New Age of Police Supervision and Management: A Behavioral Concept
Michael A. Petrillo  More Info

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.”


The Management of Police Specialized Tactical Units
Tomas C., Ph.D. Mijares  More Info

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.”


Police Management: Real World Scenarios
William M Heim  More Info

Chief 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, VA.  

 

Chief 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.

 

Chief 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.

 

He 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.

 

Chief William Heim has authored articles appearing in Police Chief, Law and Order, Emergency Medical Service, and The Pennsylvanian magazines.

 

According 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.”

Defining Leadership

 

 This 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. 

 

 Our 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.

 

 Nearly 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.

 

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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 it.

 

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. 

 

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The Verbal Judo Way of Leadership: Empowering the Thin Blue Line from the Inside Up
George J. Thompson  More Info

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.”

Captain 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.”


Common Sense Leadership
Roger Fulton  More Info

Common Sense Supervision
Roger Fulton  More Info

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.


Multicultural Law Enforcement: Strategies for Peacekeeping in a Diverse Society (4th Edition)
Robert M. Shusta  More Info

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”


Managing of Police Organizations (6th Edition)
Paul M. Whisenand  More Info

Fred 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.

 

With 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.”


What Every Chief Executive Should Know
Jon M. Shane Forward by William J. Bratton  More Info

During 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.

 

According 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 and economically.”

 

Howard 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”


Introduction to Law Enforcement Leadership and Supervision
Dr. Randy Gonzalez  More Info

The Law Enforcement Leadership Field Notebook
Dr. Randy Gonzalez  More Info

Leadership Principles of the Christian Warrior
Dr. Randy Gonzalez  More Info

Dr. 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.”

 

According 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.”

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