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NCJ Number: 163131 Find in a Library
Title: Four R's for Police Executives
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:65  Issue:7  Dated:(July 1996)  Pages:9-13
Author(s): J D Sewell
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 5
Document: HTML
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Instructors who teach police management and leadership need to focus on professional basics that encompass reading, writing, rhetoric, and roots.
Abstract: Reading is often the nemesis of law enforcement executives, particularly since the volume of documents crossing their desks can be overwhelming. Police executives can stay ahead of the information power curve in several ways, including trade and professional journals, journals outside traditional law enforcement literature, and daily local and national papers. In addition, books and monographs focusing on strengths and weaknesses of public and private programs can identify political and programmatic pitfalls accompanying institutional change efforts. The power of writing, especially in an age of electronic information exchange, cannot be underestimated. Effective writing requires the ability to assess the target audience and tailor the writing to the audience's needs and reading level. In the area of rhetoric, the most successful leaders in any field have the ability to express themselves effectively and persuasively and also have the capacity to listen. Finally, as law enforcement's role continues to evolve in response to communication needs and social change, it is imperative that police executives develop a sense of roots. Such roots are grounded in professional and personal philosophies, values, and experiences that form the basis for decisions. 2 endnotes
Main Term(s): Police management training
Index Term(s): Police chiefs; Police decisionmaking; Police policies and procedures
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