My Leadership Style In Criminal Justice

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Leadership Throughout my career in law enforcement, particularly during the times I have found myself in supervisory roles, I have had many opportunities to hone my leadership style. What I have found is that I don’t actually have one particular leadership style. Instead, I tend to move between leadership styles and adopt the style that most meets the needs of the particular situation. I believe the situation one is faced with, the people involved, and the desired outcome that the task at hand calls for should dictate the leadership styles one utilizes. For example, often times, the situation I am faced with calls for me to take a hands on approach when it comes to leadership. Other times, where it is important for me to teach and train an…show more content…
One such instance occurred during the development, preparation, and roll out of the Tactical Carbine Course hosted by the Professional Standards Unit. Early on during the development, it became apparent that the training staff involved was motivated, skilled, and capable of accomplishing our goal without much supervision on my part. My role at that point took on more of a visionary aspect. I articulated the goal of the course and then gave them the freedom to be innovative and proactive in the development of the course. This is not to say that I chose to take a hands-off approach. I simply encouraged and provided them the freedom to make decisions that directly impacted the successful development and roll out of the course. When guidance and leadership was needed, I provided it. When it wasn’t, I lead by being a productive member of the team. Since the rollout we have had two very successful pilot classes of 14 students each. With both classes we have been able to make…show more content…
Over the years I have developed, organized, and planned many training courses to fit those needs. Occasionally, the need for specific training is addressed and the development of a new training course from scratch is warranted. Prior to retiring, Director Clete Buckaloo addressed the need for some of the investigators in the Criminal Investigations Division to receive training regarding room clearing and tactics. With that goal in mind, I decided to develop a team movement and tactics course that could be offered to all OAG investigators, instead of a select few. Once the class was developed, planning and organizing the implementation of the class proved to be quite the task. Each class consisted of 14 to 16 students and 10 instructors. Additionally, there was a need for a training facility that could accommodate classroom training, room clearing, and force on force training. There were equipment needs, travel, and schedule coordination issues to work through, as well as a need for constant contact with the host facility representatives. The rollout of the class was a success. To date, approximately 70 investigators have gone through the course and the Professional Standards Unit plans to extend the course to the Medicaid Fraud Unit in the near

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