Presentation Title

Training in Law Enforcement Leadership

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Start Date

30-4-2021 12:00 AM

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Department

Leadership and Organizational Studies

Faculty Mentor

Elizabeth Goryunova, PhD

Keywords

law enforcement, leadership, training, standardized training, police leadership styles.

Abstract

Law-enforcement agencies are facing a number of complex issues, including communities’ public perception affected by the incidents of misconduct, and struggling to retain qualified and diverse personnel (Davis, 2020,). Solving complex problems requires effective leadership, yet there is currently a research gap in understanding the effective leadership styles, leadership training, as well as lack of standardized training, for law enforcement. Police academies train officers in standardized training for driving, firearms, defensive tactics, report writing, and other tasks. These tasks have standard operating procedures that help to guide officers in completing these tasks in a uniform method. There are fewer documents that intertwine standards for leadership training for police supervisors. When an officer is promoted to a leadership role in a police department, there is no standardized training for those leadership positions. This research focuses on standardized leadership training for law enforcement. It explores the varied leadership training in law enforcement on the East Coast of the United States, to identify existing practices and ways to improve those across the nation. This study uses a qualitative approach, where the information is gathered through interviews of current supervisors from departments of varied size, in both rural and urban communities. The data from these interviews is analyzed to provide insights into the current leadership training in law enforcement. Several themes are identified in this study, such as the need for varied leadership styles for supervisors, the various needs of different police agencies and communities, and the feelings toward standardized training for police supervision.

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Training in Law Enforcement Leadership

Law-enforcement agencies are facing a number of complex issues, including communities’ public perception affected by the incidents of misconduct, and struggling to retain qualified and diverse personnel (Davis, 2020,). Solving complex problems requires effective leadership, yet there is currently a research gap in understanding the effective leadership styles, leadership training, as well as lack of standardized training, for law enforcement. Police academies train officers in standardized training for driving, firearms, defensive tactics, report writing, and other tasks. These tasks have standard operating procedures that help to guide officers in completing these tasks in a uniform method. There are fewer documents that intertwine standards for leadership training for police supervisors. When an officer is promoted to a leadership role in a police department, there is no standardized training for those leadership positions. This research focuses on standardized leadership training for law enforcement. It explores the varied leadership training in law enforcement on the East Coast of the United States, to identify existing practices and ways to improve those across the nation. This study uses a qualitative approach, where the information is gathered through interviews of current supervisors from departments of varied size, in both rural and urban communities. The data from these interviews is analyzed to provide insights into the current leadership training in law enforcement. Several themes are identified in this study, such as the need for varied leadership styles for supervisors, the various needs of different police agencies and communities, and the feelings toward standardized training for police supervision.

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