Whether you’re just starting your law enforcement career or have spent years on the force, you’ve probably learned that the police promotion process is not always a clear-cut path.
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.