8.07.2012

Today’s Investigative Special Report August 5, 2012 “Dealing With Today’s Law Enforcement Specialized Investigations” “The Recent Domestic-Terrorists Violence Demonstrates A Need For New Leadership In The Law Enforcement Community?”





Today’s Investigative Special Report
August 5, 2012
“Dealing With Today’s Law Enforcement Specialized Investigations”

UNSPECIFIED LOCATION - AUGUST 6:  A copy photo...UNSPECIFIED LOCATION - AUGUST 6: A copy photograph of the mug shot handed out by the FBI of the suspect Wade Michael Page after a press conference on the shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where yesterday a gunman fired upon people at service August, 6, 2012 in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. At least six people were killed when the shooter identified as Wade Michael Page opened fire on congregants in the Milwaukee suburb. The suspect who was a United States Army veteran was killed in a shootout with police. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)“The Recent Domestic-Terrorists Violence Demonstrates A Need For New Leadership In The Law Enforcement Community?”

Everyday law enforcement is faced with stressful situations which require, are essential, and demand leadership within the hierarchy of law enforcement. In the recent Aurora, Colorado shooting situation at the 16 Century Theatre, the Chief of Police, Dan Oates demonstrated exemplar professional intelligence and competence in dealing with an astronomical situation.

Law enforcement official’s jobs are considerable and limitless when it comes to dealing with situations, citizens and other officials which requires a diversity of training and education. Each level of the demands of the situations they are confronted with is substantial therefore the law enforcement agency must properly prepare for these types of situations.

The need to educate and train those who are on the front-line are just as important as those on the administrative top when it comes to learning how to lead. In fact training law enforcement officials to take a leadership role upon arriving at a scene where violence has just occurred or is occurring is essential. Decision making is vital and the law enforcement official must have the adaptability and capability to make instant decisions, without thought which is responsible, intelligent, and logical.

Two days ago, in a shooting at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin the first officer on the scene, Lt. Brian Murphy, 51, was shot eight to nine times with a handgun at close range as he was trying to assist an individual who had been shot. According to Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards the perpetrator, Wade Michael Page, ambushed the 21 year police veteran. Seven people died during the shooting and two other were shot and taken to a local hospital for treatment for their injuries.

The recent shooting which law enforcement authorities are now calling a domestic terrorist attack needs leadership in the field i.e. in the public environment, more than ever.  In these types of shootings responding to and arriving at the scene as soon as possible may allow law enforcement officials to stop the perpetrator from continuing to violently assault people or escape. In responding to the scene the leadership of the law enforcement official is so important, communicating to other officers of what they intend to do when they arrive at the scene and where they will set-up to handle the situation, remembering their decision will have a positive or negative ripple effect.

As a law enforcement official some leadership qualities may not come as easy as it does for some officials. However, it is important that an official who does not lead naturally must receive the necessary training in how being a leader in the field may not only save his/her life, but other officials and citizens.
OAK CREEK, WI - AUGUST 05:  Police guard the f...OAK CREEK, WI - AUGUST 05: Police guard the front of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where at least one gunman fired upon people at a service August, 5, 2012 Oak Creek, Wisconsin. At least six people were killed when a shooter, who was later shot dead by a police officer, opened fire on congregants in the Milwaukee suburb. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
The men and women who put their lives on the line every day need to have the best training and education available to them. In most States, there are law enforcement academies which not only offer basic leadership programs, but advanced leadership training and education.

During the past decade the law enforcement community has come to realize the benefits that leadership in the field may change an event when an official takes charge of a situation and with intelligence and competence can make a difference, possibly saving life and property.

Besides the law enforcement academies there are many individuals and organizations which provide leading, creative, and innovative training which have instant benefits. Those benefits can be:
     1.      The official will obtain an understanding of how to utilize and apply leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities to accomplish the greatest performance in any given situation.
       2.      The official will obtain an understanding of how to utilize technology in dealing with leadership.
       3.      The official will obtain an understanding of how to utilize new and innovative investigative processes.
    4.      The official will obtain an understanding of how to utilize the information to protect citizens, other officers, and themselves.
     5.      The official will obtain an understanding of how to deal with psychological, mental, emotional, and physiological stressors which may cause the official to respond in a specific way, which may affect the outcome.
      6.      The official will obtain an understanding of how to view a situation and respond to it appropriately. Some examples would consist of observing a crime in progress, the need for assistance by a citizen, and so forth. The official can apply those leadership skills in addressing their observation.
      7 .      The official will obtain an understanding of how to motivate those he/she works with. Teaching them how important a positive and successful attitude makes a difference in how they respond to situations in the field.
      8.      The official will obtain an understanding in accepting responsibility and accountability for their assignments.
      9.      The official will obtain an understanding in how to obtain higher levels of goal achievements.
    10.  The official will obtain an understanding in how to utilize and manage their time. Time management in law enforcement is key.  Responding to one call, clearing that call, and responding to another call is important to the other officials in the field. Sharing their case load equally with other officials produces a high morale in the environment that the official works in.
   11.  The official will obtain an understanding of how to deal with stress and obtain confidence in how they deal with situations.
    12.  The official will obtain an understanding of how to deal with their management of their resources. This could be having other officials assist them to them assisting others.

OAK CREEK, WI - AUGUST 05:  A police officer g...OAK CREEK, WI - AUGUST 05: A police officer guards an area in front of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where at least one gunman fired upon people at a service August, 5, 2012 Oak Creek, Wisconsin. At least six people were killed when a shooter, who was later shot dead by a police officer, opened fire on congregants in the Milwaukee suburb. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
With the increase in domestic terror situations occurring in America, this will require the law enforcement community to make major changes in how they respond to these types of situations. Law enforcement knows leadership comes in all shapes and sizes. It is important that the law enforcement official has the opportunity to learn new techniques and methods which will make a difference on the front line and up the chain of command. As law enforcement becomes an integral aspect of the increased violence in the communities in which they work, being a competent and intelligent leader has never been as important as it is today. Leadership development, training, and education provide a positive and alternative integral aspect of the law enforcement community protecting and serving their communities.














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