Developing Vision

Developing Vision

One day my training officer, Nick Najera, said, “Most of the burglaries in our district are committed by heroin addicts. If we could get them in jail, we would reduce burglaries. Wouldn’t it be great if we could have a month without any home...
Humility in Leadership

Humility in Leadership

I was promoted to lieutenant at the age of 32. At the time, I thought I was mature and fully qualified to lead a group of nearly 100 officers as a watch commander of one of the LAPD’s divisions. Looking back, I realize just how much more I needed to learn. My captain...
Chew Out in Private

Chew Out in Private

I was driving home after a tough day. Two officers were wounded, a friend called to tell me he had been diagnosed with cancer, and I was told to begin searching for ways to cut the upcoming budget by 10 percent. I was not in the best of moods. Then came the capper. As...
Leading Through Change

Leading Through Change

Mobile digital terminals (MDTs), a form of laptop computers, were installed in our patrol cars about 20 years ago. There was quite a bit of excitement about being able to access databases (e.g., stolen vehicle files) directly and immediately, instead of verbally over...
It’s About Character

It’s About Character

Shortly after becoming a police officer, I learned people expected more from me than just enforcing the law. They began asking me advice on a variety of topics. I was asked to speak at local schools and PTA meetings, and to participate in community special projects....

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