FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!
Lynne Doucette

Lynne Doucette

Lt. Lynne D. Doucette is a patrol supervisor and defensive tactics trainer with the Brunswick (Maine) PD. Prior to being the first female promoted at BPD, she worked as an undercover detective assigned to the state narcotics task force.



Patricia Teinert

Patricia Teinert

Patricia A. Teinert has been a Texas peace officer since 1984. She has served as a patrol officer, investigator, and member of a juvenile gang and narcotics task force. She is currently a patrol officer with Katy ISD Police Department.
Women in Law Enforcement

Manage Officers Equitably, Rather Than Fairly

As a law enforcement supervisor, recognize gender differences and provide an opportunity for everyone to excel.

February 22, 2011  |  by Sandy Jo MacArthur - Also by this author


Savvy leaders can get past the idea that every person deserves the same size slice of accolades or punishment. Photo via Flickr (alexik).

Clearly men and women in police agencies have different strengths and weakness. As a leader, it's important to know your people and recognize these differences. It's also important to manage people based upon their individuality.

Something I learned years ago is that treating everyone "fairly" doesn't work! Rather, you must be equitable. What's the difference? I always say, "Fair happens once a year, and it's called the county fair." Equity should happen daily. Equity takes into consideration differences, while still giving everyone access to opportunity.

If you divide a pie among six people in a manner that is fair, each person will receive a piece of pie that is of equal size. People sometimes argue this point in the workplace — everyone should receive the same accolades or punishment for the same behavior.

An easy example for the law enforcement workplace that highlights my point involves two officers missing a subpoena for court. If we're being fair, both officers should receive the same consequence, a written notice in their record. However, if we're being equitable, we must take into consideration the total person.

If I have two officers who missed court and one has missed court several times in the past, giving both officers a written notice would not be fair. It would be equitable to give the first timer a written notice and the second officer with a pattern, a more severe consequence.

When supervising male and female officers, provide opportunities to all that will develop skill sets and ensure that both genders are able to compete for different jobs and be ready for promotion. Ensure you are fair about developing all of your people and equitable with opportunities.

If you manage men and women with equity, you maximize skill sets, develop all, provide opportunity for everyone to excel, and you create one heck of a high-functioning team.

Tags: Leadership


Comments (1)

Displaying 1 - 1 of 1

L HERNANDEZ @ 2/23/2011 8:32 AM

EXCELLANT ARTICLE....IF ONLY ALL THOUGHT THE SAME WAY...

Join the Discussion





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent Blog Posts

Fine Line Between Lawful and Unlawful Protests
There will always be issues and decisions that every citizen may not agree with – it is...
Aimpoint Micro T-2 Red-Dot Optic
With its Micro T-2, Aimpoint has taken a proven winner and made it even better by adding...
Fueling the Flames in Ferguson
So far I have exercised what I consider "commendable restraint" in holding back my public...
My Response to Ferguson
As a 17-year police veteran and a use of force/defensive tactics trainer, I held my...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine