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...
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...

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