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Missing Elderly Man with Dementia

September 30, 2015

You get a call about a missing elderly white male who left his residence somewhere between 21:00 and 04:00 while his caregiver was sleeping. The gentleman is 74 years old and expected to be walking in dress clothes. He has a habit of wandering off.

Getting Your Project Approved

September 4, 2015

Support for your idea starts when you get decision-makers on your side by being brief and to the point.

Bomb Threat at a Middle School

August 21, 2015

It's 13:30 on a Tuesday and dispatch advises you that someone called the local middle school saying he planted a bomb and it is set to go off at 14:30, just as school lets out. The school is waiting for law enforcement's response. 

Dealing With A Bad Attitude

August 20, 2015

A person with a bad attitude can be disruptive to the workplace, it's not something you want in your unit but before you face the issue head on, make sure you've documented their bad tendencies. 

You Are Not Their Friend

July 16, 2015

The role of a law enforcement supervisor is to lead, motivate, and help accomplish the agency's mission. Nowhere in that role does it state you have to be everyone's friend.

Officer Suicide by Cop

July 15, 2015

The officer told his ex-girlfriend that if she didn't get back together with him, he would call the agency himself and create a situation where they would have to kill him.

The Management Side of Leadership

June 30, 2015

You often hear the word "leadership" used, but it has become so cliché that the real meaning has been all but lost. Many have pushed away the management side of the house and have ignored the fact that being an effective manager is a big part of a leader's job.

Hostage Held in Barricaded House

June 18, 2015

The victim advises she has been held captive along with her roommate (who is still at the residence) for a week. She tells you she was let out only to buy groceries. She is terrified. You have about 20 minutes before the suspect starts wondering where she is.

Reviewing Reports

May 30, 2015

The success or failure of any law enforcement agency revolves around the quality of its paperwork. As a supervisor you must set high standards early on to ensure success. Everything you approve will have your name on it, and thus your subordinates' reports become yours.

YouTube Legal Advice Traffic Stop

May 21, 2015

As you approach the vehicle you notice that her window is rolled up and she has a sign pressed up on her window that says, "I am NOT talking to you, NO you can't search my vehicle, and I want my attorney." She also has her driver's license pressed onto the glass so you can see it.

How to Handle Stress On Duty

May 1, 2015

Stress is a part of the job. But there are actions you can take to mitigate its effects that don't include the usual advice from doctors and fitness magazines.

Warrant Arrest Runner

April 28, 2015

You're asked to help arrest a known felon with an active warrant for burglary. Since the suspect is a known runner you have to consider how to limit his mobility, among other things, as you begin your planning.

Ignorance or Noncompliance

April 23, 2015

The one recurring issue we have as supervisors is dealing with problem employees. It's never easy but you can simplify it by remembering that most issues stem from either ignorance or noncompliance.

What a Review Says About You

March 27, 2015

Many supervisors assume that performance appraisals are only about the subordinate being evaluated, but an evaluation almost always ends up being more about the supervisor. Let me explain why with an example.

Pawn Shop Alarm

March 13, 2015

A call comes in about an alarm going off at a very popular pawn shop just a little past midnight. You've handled a large number of false alarms at this location, but this time it could be a real burglary.

Robbery in Progress

February 25, 2015

As you approach the store's entrance, you realize the clerk is being robbed at gunpoint. As far as you can tell, no one else is in the store. You also note that there are two people getting gas at the pumps and there are no other people around.

Be Specific

February 11, 2015

Supervisors must be specific when they communicate, or expect to pay the price for not doing so. Specificity is important for three main reasons: to ensure the success of the task, to eliminate any questionable officer issues, and in case disciplinary actions become required.

Missing 4-Year-old Boy

January 30, 2015

It's 03:50 in the morning when dispatch advises you to respond to a remotely located residence in reference to a missing 4-year-old boy. The mother had gotten up to go to the bathroom and noticed her son was not in his room and the front door was unlocked and open. She immediately called the police.

Dangers of Over-supervising

January 15, 2015

Over-supervising quashes initiative, creates morale problems (no one likes to be micro-managed), and creates respect issues.

Seven Keys to Surviving Your Police Career

December 3, 2014

In order to survive our complex environment, we must have a complete understanding and thorough working knowledge of what I call the "seven essential components" of a successful law enforcement career.

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