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Performance Evaluations

How Police Leaders Can Get the Best Work from Their Officers

Research suggests that empowerment is an important vehicle for improving service delivery and performance.

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The Evolution of SWAT Operator Selection

The SWAT candidate assessment process at a South Carolina agency shows how tactical teams are looking for more than just extreme athletes and great shots.

What a Review Says About You

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.

Illinois Tosses Ticket Quotas

A new Illinois state law prohibits police agencies from assigning ticket quotas to rate officers' peformance.

Performance Evaluations

Supervisors and officers tend to dislike dealing with performance evaluations (PEs) as much as they dislike internal affairs investigations and termination proceedings. Supervisors hate writing evaluations and officers hate reading them. But they persist anyway.

When Performance Evaluations Go Public

In most private sector businesses, employees and supervisors need not be concerned that the contents of their performance evaluations could be made public. Supervisors are free to speak openly about their employees' performance, issues, and career goals. However, for public employees the privacy of the written evaluation is not guaranteed.

Accepting Remedial Training

Remedial training is something nearly every field training recruit (FTR) must endure. There will be an element in a task that you didn't perform to a satisfactory level, and your FTO will insist you practice this skill before you move forward. Calm down and accept the learning moments to come.

Chicago Police Will Be Evaluated on Attitude

The Chicago Police Department will add a new layer of review of its officers next year, evaluating not only job performance, but attitudes and interactions with the public, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Team Leadership

"The important thing to recognize is that it takes a team, and the team ought to get credit for the wins and the losses." - Philip Caldwell

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A Capital Success Story

According to media accounts, nearly 100 officers who joined the force during a 1989-90 recruitment drive-when background screening and standards were all but non-existent-were later charged with criminal wrongdoing.

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