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NCJ Number: 66678 Find in a Library
Title: RISING TO THE TOP - THE NEW CHIEFS AND HOW THEY GOT THERE
Journal: POLICE MAGAZINE  Volume:3  Issue:3  Dated:(MAY 1980)  Pages:40-46
Author(s): J POTTER; J BLACKMORE
Corporate Author: Criminal Justice Publications, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Criminal Justice Publications, Inc
New York, NY 10017
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE SELECTION OF POLICE CHIEFS IN CHICAGO, PHILADELPHIA, SAN FRANCISCO, HOUSTON, MINNEAPOLIS, ALBUQUERQUE, CLEVELAND, PHOENIX, AND TWO LARGE COUNTIES IS DISCUSSED. THE 1980 TREND IS TO PROMOTE FROM INSIDE.
Abstract: ONLY MINNEAPOLIS SELECTED AN OFFICER FROM OUTSIDE THE DEPARTMENT TO TAKE OVER THE CHIEF'S JOB, WHILE ALBUQUERQUE IS STILL IN THE SELECTION PROCESS AND IS USING AN EXECUTIVE ASSESSMENT CENTER TO HELP FILL THE VACANT SLOT. THE NEW CHIEFS ARE, FOR THE MOST PART, PUTTING DISTANCE BETWEEN THEMSELVES AND THEIR PREDECESSORS AND HAVE LAUNCHED REFORM PROPOSALS. IN PHILADELPHIA, FOR INSTANCE, MORTON SOLOMON, A 30-YEAR VETERAN OF THE FORCE, IS WORKING TO CHANGE THE PUBLIC IMAGE OF THE DEPARTMENT BY TURNING HIS OFFICERS INTO 'COMMUNITY RELATIONS AGENTS.' HE HAS OPENED ALL JOBS IN THE DEPARTMENT TO WOMEN, ORDERED ALL OFFICERS NOT INVOLVED IN INVESTIGATIVE WORK TO WEAR UNIFORMS ON DUTY, AND DECIDED TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCES. SAN FRANCISCO'S POLICE CHIEF HAS OPENED THE DEPARTMENT TO BLACKS, WOMEN, AND HOMOSEXUALS; AND IN MINNEAPOLIS, THE NEW CHIEF HAS REORGANIZED THE DEPARTMENT, DESIGNED A PRECINCT CONSOLIDATION PLAN, AND BEEN PUSHING THE IDEA OF ONE-MAN PATROLS. THE NEW POLICE CHIEF IN CLEVELAND WAS SELECTED BY A 12-MEMBER SCREENING COMMITTEE SCREENING COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE CITY'S POLICE ASSOCIATIONS AND FROM MINORITY COMMUNITY GROUPS. OTHER INNOVATIVE METHODS FOR SELECTING POLICE CHIEFS, SUCH AS EXECUTIVE ASSESSMENT TESTS TO EVALUATE MANAGEMENT SKILLS, ARE BEING USED IN A NUMBER OF AMERICAN CITIES. SOME NEW CHIEFS ARE STEPPING INTO DEPARTMENTS' TOUCHY SITUATIONS WITH MINORITY COMMUNITIES. THESE DIFFICULTIES ARE FACING NEW POLICE CHIEFS IN FLORIDA'S DADE COUNTY MARYLAND'S PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, AND HOUSTON. THE ARTICLE PROVIDES A NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION OF EVENTS IN THE SELECTION PROCESS FOR EACH LOCALITY. (WJR)
Index Term(s): Assessment centers; California; Florida; Illinois; Maryland; Minnesota; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Personnel promotion; Police chiefs; Police internal affairs; Police reform; Texas
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