There is no better time than the present, to appreciate the complications of managing a law enforcement agency. Our profession is suffering an unimaginable degree of scrutiny. I suspect the bulk of this criticism is attributed to wolves masquerading as sheepdogs, or is the result of inadequate training and accountability of a relatively small group of officers. Malice and incompetence will always draw scorn from the public. Both of these are correctable and preventable, and agency leaders are working hard to right the ship. Much progress has been made in both domains, and much work lies ahead.
In some cases criticism of the criminal justice system has evolved into assaults on the character and person of individual officers, or has preceded the defilement of public and private property. Amidst the peaceful demonstrations, the not-so-peaceful protests, and the challenges of COVID-19, agency leaders grapple with defunding efforts, while recruitment and retention continues to decline.
Despite the difficulties the industry contends with, the brave women and men working California’s front lines continue to pin on their badges with courage and honor. They risk everything for their communities, and they deserve recognition for that.
In leadership, the pressure of this chaos builds your character and your capacity for excellence. Make no mistake, we will come out of this transformed and our communities will be better for it.
We leaders should understand and support the work of our people in the moment, and at the same time we must keep our eyes on the horizon where the signals of change are sounding. As we speculate upon the impact future scenarios may have, we can take comfort in knowing that across the state, the strength of our network is a resource that supports us as individuals. I encourage you to take advantage of what the CCCAA brings to the challenges of modern law enforcement in California.
Founder & President