In the 21st century, nearly every move a police officer makes is viewable to the public. When negative incidents occur involving police officers, it is easy for public criticism to spread like wildfire through social media. Videos from body cameras, dash cams, and cell phones are retweeted, shared on Facebook, and blasted across the internet before the news even reaches the police chief of an officer-involved. In the past, incidents would be handled internally and police officers would be dismissed of their duty if misconduct occurred. But today, public outrage often occurs before an investigation is even underway. While there are definitely incidents of police officers abusing power and engaging in misconduct, this isn’t always the case and incidents need time to be reviewed before decisions are made. Sometimes incidents induce anger from the public without all the details being known, and that anger is often directed toward the chief and police officers as a whole. Police chiefs are often required to make immediate statements before investigations are closed, which can put the chief in an uncomfortable position between the public and their officers. Peer Support Central offers a Police Chief Survival In The 21st Century course as part of our law enforcement peer support training and leadership training courses. This police chief training course is specifically designed to tackle the challenges faced by modern chiefs trying to navigate the streets, the office, and negative publicity readily available through the internet.
We call our chief training a “Police Chief Survival” course. Survival can mean several things. It can mean the physical safety of the chief, as well as professional survival. Chiefs often bear the burden of their officers, and are faced with political pressures and community expectations, making decisions about budgets and employee issues, as well as dealing with family and personal issues faced by themselves and their officers.
Leadership Skills Don’t Start With Chiefs
We offer leadership courses geared specifically toward chiefs, but also offer leadership skills training for families of leaders, and for officers hoping to seek promotion. We understand that every officer has the opportunity to be a leader in their communities, and want to provide training for law enforcement officers so that they are ready when new opportunities arise on the street or in the office. Peer Support Central’s police peer support training for chiefs and officers seeking leadership skills helps to develop applicable skills for navigating the law enforcement industry in our changing world. Along with peer support for police officers, we also offer critical incident training for law enforcement and other first responders. One way that chiefs can encourage leadership among their officers is to ensure their police force is ready for the day-to-day challenges of being on the front lines. This can be done by providing and encouraging critical incident stress management (CISM) training and peer support courses for your officers to help cope with the mental and physical stressors that come with the territory.
Create Leaders Through Leadership
As a chief of police, you have few true peers in your office. You have the responsibility of making hard decisions based on your experience and the needs of the community, and that can be an isolating feeling when that responsibility falls on your shoulders. Though you are the leader of your department, your officers have the opportunity to be leaders as well. The more leaders you have under your wing to offer opinions and information, the more prepared you will be to make tough decisions. By engaging your officers in CISM training and peer support groups, they can be better equipped to take on leadership positions. At Peer Support Central, our police chief leadership course allows you to interact with other police chiefs who are going through the same experiences as you are, and find ways to help your officers and communities based on shared situations. For more information about our leadership courses for chiefs of police, contact Peer Support Central today.