Capt. Denton Carlson, public information officer for the San Ramon (Calif.) Police Department, was sitting in a POST Command College classroom when he received word that a traffic fatality had shut down a major roadway in his home city, 450 miles away.
The countless responsibilities of leading a law enforcement agency or police department do not leave a ton of extra time to crack open a book. But as successful executives across all industries will tell you, there is a proven connection between reading and leading.
Given the challenging and often highly charged nature of law enforcement, the need for police executives to manage conflict — be it internal or external — is an inevitable part of the job.
As is true of most professions, the people who devote their careers to working in law enforcement like to stay well-informed on all things related to their jobs, from crimes that are in the news to training tips, officer wellness, and new equipment and technology.
Technology is transforming police work in the 21st century — introducing new tools to fight crime and new categories of crime to fight.