Militarized Police: Public Perception and Implications for Law Enforcement

The terrorist attacks perpetrated against the United States on 9/11 sent shock-waves through America’s communities. The threats to our way of life were no longer from abroad; they were right here among us. Those who sought to do us harm lived right next door, not in caves in faraway lands. Consequently, the criminal justice community … Continue reading Militarized Police: Public Perception and Implications for Law Enforcement

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Law Enforcement: Demanding a High Ethical Standard

Introduction Police officers lie; that is an established fact. However, it is important to establish when an officer who lies has damaged his credibility and when he is doing his job. The context of the “fibbing” will guide whether a police organization will sanction the officer involved or commend his resourcefulness. Lying can be “good … Continue reading Law Enforcement: Demanding a High Ethical Standard

Servant Leadership in a Servant’s Profession: Guidelines for Today’s Criminal Justice Leaders

The prevailing approach to organizational management has been understood as a vertical, top-down, hierarchal, authoritarian philosophy. Managers have been expected to control subordinates—in the office, the factory, shop, or government agency—autocratically giving orders and demanding obedience. Subordinates are expected to comply, if only out of fear of reprisal, without question. Leadership asserts authority and control, … Continue reading Servant Leadership in a Servant’s Profession: Guidelines for Today’s Criminal Justice Leaders

Law Enforcement Leadership: Lessons from Jesus

There is an old adage that says, “Great leaders are born, not made.” While this may be a famous saying, in a cursory survey of the adage on Google, I found almost universally that no one with any experience in training leaders believes it. It is apparent that Jesus—messiah, servant, prophet, and sage from Nazareth—did … Continue reading Law Enforcement Leadership: Lessons from Jesus