Choose any common law enforcement scenario: Officers are responding to an armed robbery in progress, or they’re arriving on the scene of a flash mob that has turned violent. As they approach these situations, what will shape the outcome? Is it the vehicles they’re driving, the weapons they’re carrying, the body cameras they’re wearing—or the skills and values they’ve acquired through a formal leadership development programme?
In today’s highly dynamic environment, leadership competencies are a key determinant of officers’ success in the field. Effective leadership development creates and strengthens the right capabilities at every level of the force. It makes leadership a shared process, engaging all stakeholders in elevating organisational performance, and developing the competencies needed to succeed.
As police leaders consider how to allocate budgets—and where to focus to improve services and prepare for increasing challenges—there needs to be a much stronger commitment to building a leadership culture. This requires a strategic, ongoing effort to prepare every officer to deliver on the mission.
With that commitment, police leaders can reduce the likelihood of bad things happening to good officers, while increasing the odds of better outcomes for all stakeholders—and strengthening public trust and support.