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Informants and Promotion Exams

Informants and Promotion Exams

Foremost among my thoughts on informants is that I wouldn't want to find myself at the mercy of anyone whose inclination to sell out others has been well established.

January 7, 2013

Coming Into My Own

Coming Into My Own

Once while attending a force training seminar, I spoke quite critically of a deputy-involved shooting wherein a pregnant bystander was shot and killed. It was the kind of thing that was easy to grandstand on—or so I thought—and so I did. A lieutenant who was more intimately acquainted with the details of the incident quickly set me straight. The dressing down I received was pretty severe, and I didn't like it one bit. But I had it coming. In spades.

November 8, 2012

Doing It Right, Doing It Wrong

Doing It Right, Doing It Wrong

If given the opportunity to make a difference in people's lives, are you more apt to toss a lifeline or an anchor?

September 27, 2012

Put Yourself Out There

Put Yourself Out There

Of course, guys like me were the dummies in this equation. The truth was that the nail sticking out didn't necessarily get hammered. An incredible amount of the time it got promoted.

August 6, 2012

Establishing Trust Is a Two-Way Street

Generally speaking, subordinates aren't comfortable with the prospect of opening up to some tight-assed supervisor. The perception that such people will always look out for their own best interests—a paradigm that would inevitably color their every decision when it comes to dealing with subordinates—might have something to do with it.

August 11, 2010

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