Challenges Facing Police Executives
It is the responsibility of the police to ensure that they reduce crime in the society and protect the citizens from harm. The law enforcement police officers should control the community and also become part of the community. The public should also be able to participate actively in the efforts of enforcing law. There are many challenges facing police executive in the 21st century. One of the challenges is ethical challenge. Ethical challenges that the police face refers to the rules that govern the conduct of the members of a profession and how the public see their conduct.
Policing has an image problem and what the public usually see on the television or in the internet or even read about them from the papers is their reality. People in the recent times have started videotaping or even taking photos of the interaction between the police and the citizens and when they do this they just take a small part of the interaction and after a short period of time they sell it and within a short period of time a scandal arises (Mirabile H 2008). Most of the conversations that the police have with the public involve confrontations or crisis. During these times we see the police at their most aggressive, vulnerable or when they are stressed. During the interaction whether it is an assault or an arrest the police are always called to write right or wrong, or protect the innocent. When there is there is the presence of the police all that is the expected is for the police to act in a compassionate, professional, appropriate and courteous way and during this time they are expected to reflect to the core values that are in the police department.
There are times that the public expects that there will be police officers who is going to behave in an inappropriate way and then they expect the police executives to identify and punish such an officer. The public is always waiting for the police executives to pursue the truth and they keep their trust in the police to reveal the truth even if it damages the reputation of the department. When the police abuse the trust of the public their relationship between the police department and that of the city council, city manager, and the police commission is also damaged. The perception from the rest of the public is that the chief of the police is the person who is responsible for the actions of the officers who are involved in the bad conduct and for the police department to find the officer accountable for the mistake (Mirabile H 2008).
The most difficult challenge that the police executives manage is one that affect their personal honesty and integrity. These people have built their career in this department and these two words are the ones that they see their reputation come to life. The climate of the police department is usually judged by the behaviors and the actions that the police officers maintain in the security and the safety of the society.
Another challenge the police executives experience is the political challenge which affects their administration. The police executives are expected by the community, business organizations and services club to attend or meetings, functions and events in particular. The police executives provide the necessary vision needed to achieve the go-ahead of the department. The political challenge that the police face is managing their relationship with the media whereby the media is the face of the public and therefore when there is a public function anywhere the police executives should always be in front of the cameras.
The Medias main goal is to feed the interest of the public and when they have a poor relationship with the media then it will affect the perception of the public and also damage the reputation of the department. The police executive should also have devised plans for those times when things go wrong. The main impact to the career of the police executives is lack of understanding and implementing prevention strategies. When they fail to plan for things when something happens to go wrong this will leave the organization is a vulnerable situation (Mirabile H 2008).
The other challenge that the police executives face is relationship challenge. The chief executive need to maintain a good relationship with the members of the department. Police expect to have some disagreement among them and the community and what is expected of them is to communicate the need and wants and also ensure that management of discussions are done well and respectfully. During the relationship between the police executives and the members of the department people need to know that there are times there will be misunderstanding and there is always a method that will move the relationship away from this barriers.
Having a clear understanding of the responsibilities and duties of each and every person in the department will reduce the potential of having disagreement band the police executive is supposed to lay down the strategies for performance appraisal which is consistent with the current standards of the industry. The police executives are responsible for having effective operations in the police departments and they should establish and reinforce the ground rules periodically. Being able to discuss about the rules and the responsibility in the commission is important so that appropriate relationship practices is enforces.
These challenges are very complex therefore in order to ensure justice, maintaining peace and order in the community, representation and way of dealing with offence, all this should be conducted in a way that is effective that will be able to build and maintain a confident and trusting relationship between the citizens and the whole police department (Schein, H.E 2010).
Code of silence is among officers is a very natural occurrence among those people who spend time together. A way of overcoming the code of conduct is by having a personal contact between the administrators and the police officers. They should have confidence in the policies that have been established. The officers are supposed to have a strong and meaningful voice when they are establishing the policies that they are expected to observe. A way of overcoming the code of silence is by being shown complete care.
The public expects the officers to fully protect them even if the life of the officer is put in risk there fore the policies of the community are supposed to provide the officers and their families in care when the officers suffers an injury or is killed. Another way is by allowing mistakes whereby each and every person is expected to do a mistake. There is no job that one can do without making mistakes, and some time the officers commit some mistakes that hurt or affect the lives of people therefore they must be allowed to make mistakes in order to overcome the code of silence.
The culture of the organization relates to the values, norms and beliefs that are shared by the workforce. The values of the organization guide the organization while the individual operates on a set of values that dictates his actions. The culture of the organization is a major factor in the long term success of the business and therefore leaders are supposed to measure and study the dimensions of the culture (Katrin, O, 2010).
Most of the organizations fail because they lack to understand the culture of the organization. The culture of an organization is very important during recruiting, selection and interviewing of the employees. During the selection process of the employee you are able to see if the employee will suit the culture of your organization. Culture is used in leadership and it can affect the direction and the success of a business and it can also cause friction whereby when a certain leader’s style is different with the principles that have been set, some leaders many decide to change the culture of the organization that is in existence. The original leadership of the organization is what sets the culture of the organization but there are some leaders who might find themselves being shaped by the values and behaviors that have been set (Katrin, O, 2010).
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