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Community orientated policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies that support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime.
I think it is excellent and looking forward to it. First to be a successful leader you must able and willing to set the example, and by going through the academy with the cadets, I will have the opportunity to work side by side with them. Secondly, I will be able to experience what is being taught by the POST academy, and as a leader, I can ensure that the training and information that is being taught to the cadets is still practiced at the Sheriff's Office. And hold everyone accountable to that standard set forth by the state through the POST academy. As a leader going through the academy, it will give me the opportunity to work with the cadets and have the ability to mentor them while in the academy. With my education and training, I will be able to assist other cadets in the academy that might struggle, and I will set the example starting at the basic level. The POST academy.
My thoughts on the Grand Jury report. First, I understand Joe Duffy’s intent in using the chart to evaluate the performance of the Deputies but to display the spreadsheet in a manner for all to see was not the correct approach. Then to use a color-coded system to highlight the performers and non-performers is demoralizing. We all have our faults but for a leader like Joe Duffy to publicize such a document for all to see is not just unprofessional and degrading but also discredits and embarrasses any person that is not performing to the implemented standard (highlighted in red).
Performance standards should be evaluated from many aspects to include overall work performance (calls for service response, report writing, community involvement), working as a team, showing initiative, setting the example, following the mission statement and maintaining the overall standards set forth by the Sheriff’s Office. Secondly, as a leader, if you have deputies that are not performing then, the leader should mentor that individual and work with them (not degrade them on a public spreadsheet) on ways to improve their overall performance. Thirdly, this system has been taking place for many years, and my question is “why has the other Captain’s in the office allowed this to take place”? Was it because it’s past practice, or this is how we have always done it? Being a leader is about holding yourself and others accountable, in this report, it states that this spreadsheet was in the Sergeants office for all to see. If that is the case, then why didn’t one of the other Captain’s recognize this and address it as the spreadsheet should not have been posted.
As for the quotas, regardless of the initial intent that is a taboo word to use in law enforcement and to base performance standards on that term is unacceptable. But because of this “quota system” Deputies may have been embarrassed if they were highlighted in red, and some moved on to other departments. Attrition is natural in any organization but to lose valued Deputies due to lack of leadership and morale is again unacceptable. Leadership has failed in many aspects that are shown in this Grand Jury report. As Captain Joe Duffy was named in this grand jury report, and as an outsider looking in, the big picture that I see here is that one of the Captains should have stepped in and spoken to him about the posting of the spreadsheet and the diminishing morale.
We are in a profession that is always under the watchful eye of society and cell phone cameras. I do support the use of body camera's by law enforcement personnel for several reasons. First, the cameras are designed to record what the deputies see in real time, and that the recording can be used in a trial as evidence. Second, it's a system of accountability that will ensure that the deputies are maintaining a standard of professionalism while interacting with the public. Additionally, when a civil complaint is filed against a deputy, the recording from the body camera shall be used to either corroborate the claim or clear the deputy for any wrongdoing.