Question Three:

The Norfolk Police Department is building its future upon the following 5 Guiding Principles: Officer Welfness, being Operationally Sound, creating a Learning Organization, understanding the Strength in Diversity, and building Principle Centered Leadership. As a professional and public servant, how do you identify with these principles and how as the Chief would you continue to emphasize them in the Department?

Candidate B Answer: 

The [Redacted] Police Department [-]  future will be centered around five guiding principles that will serve as the format for the department [-]. The guiding principles are Officer Wellness, Operationally Sound, creating a Learning Environment, Strength in Diversity and Principle Centered Leadership. The plan utilizes the qualitative methodology that concentrates the focus on the five-guiding principle through the use focus groups of sworn officers. The [-] team [-] consider the internal and external factors impacting law enforcement, elements of change, and the departmental mission and values. As a professional and public servant, [-] logically and familiarly identifies with the five guiding principles. [-] has incorporated the five-guiding principles within [-] leadership practices and throughout [-] career as a public servant. [-] has dedicated [-]-year career in modeling the principles that [-] is developing to shape the future of the department.[-] is dedicated and committed to accentuating the five-guiding principles as the Chief of Police. [-] behavior will demonstrate support, encouragement, opportunity, collaboration, and communication to the members of the department. As Chief, [-] will make transparency a priority not only with the departmental members but with government officials and the community members.

[-] has outlined how [-] identifies with each guiding principle and how [-] intends to amplify each principle as the Chief of Police.

Officer Wellness

As a member of the [-] staff, [-] attended a seven-day wellness retreat (Warrior Pathh) at [-]. The training consisted of wellness practices geared towards law enforcement. Policing is a stressful job and officers experience trauma and struggles and those stressors can negatively impact officers. [-] has encountered stressful situations during [-] career such as [-] and [-]. Through experience and understanding, [-] knows first-hand the effect officer wellness has on health, relationships, performance, quality of life, and the importance of coping strategies to mitigate stress. [-] assists officers with coping strategies through the peer support program. [-] received [-] certification with CISM (Crisis Intervention Stress Management) while assigned to the [-]. For [-] personal wellness, [-] is currently enrolled at [-]. 

As the Chief of Police, [-] would [-] make officer wellness a priority by ensuing officers are afforded opportunities for training in the field of human behavior, conflict resolution and communication for use in their personal and professional lives. [-] would incorporate the recommendations from the Center of Policing Equity on reducing workloads and utilizing researched data to identify best practices for overtime, provide training on healthy eating and meal preparations, and examine actual scheduling of officer personal leave for downtime and vacations. [-] is gathering information on the program Struggle Well that is geared to law enforcement wellness that can be shared with the officers.

Operationally Sound

[-] adjoins with the Operationally Sound principle with [-] philosophy of incorporating a sound strategy with operational excellence that will birth leading performance in the law enforcement industry. [-] prides [-] on being an exceptional member of the department through [-] achievements and accomplishments in reducing criminal activity, fostering positive relationships with the community, and demonstrating core values of integrity, accountability, citizenship, compassion, positive attitude, dependable and hard work. As it relates to the departmental equipment and technology, [-] continues to discover innovative and creative ways to  use technology to supplement the manpower shortages. In [-], [-] contacted [-] to inquire about Flock cameras. [-] set up a virtual meeting with [-] precinct captains to evaluate the cameras with the intention of presenting the technology to the executive staff for implementation in the [-]. [-] also shared the technology with [-] to assist with the violent crime within their properties. [-] currently has access to [-] Flock cameras around [-] properties that have assisted in the apprehension of violent individuals. [-] is in the process of procuring Flock cameras throughout the city.

As the Chief of Police, [-] would motivate departmental members to be innovative and creative with seeking technology and equipment that can assist with reduction of crime, efficient processing of data and information, and enhancing communication with outside agencies and with outside agencies and community members. [-] is involved with [-] the real time crime center [-] is currently in [-] program, and understands the benefits of incorporating evidence-based practices for decision making and policy implications. [-] would civilianize certain divisions within the department such as FOIA and the Office of Professional Standards.

Creating a Learning Environment

Life is centered on learning. Education is important but it is only a component of learning. People learn through encounters in time, place, and person. The behaviorist learning theory focuses on individual interactions within the environment. Behavior is developed over time through the process of conditioning. [-] identifies with the principle by providing opportunities for growth through accountability and learning. As a field training instructor with responsibilities of transitioning officers from the academy to patrol, [-] created near miss situations for probationary officers to enhance the knowledge. [-] provided a safe and secure environment that was conducive to constructive criticism and feedback to promote effective communication and learning.

As the Chief of Police, [-] would foster an environment of learning for officers. [-] would incorporate an "Admit it and Move On" option in the Office of Professional Standards for command handled complaints. The officer will have an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and receive discipline, training, or corrective action up to a letter of reprimand (Broward County Sheriffs Office Policy Manual, 2020). [-] would seek input from the departmental members on suggestions on where to incorporate opportunities for a learning environment. [-] would mandate regular review of body worn camera footage by departmental subject matter experts for review to enhance learning opportunities. The NPD [-] team would be the initial starting point for determining the format, as [-] recognizes the value in affording all team members an opportunity to provide innovative solutions and suggestions.

Strength in Diversity

The United States has often been referred to as the "Melting Pot" for the many cultural difference that exist within the country making it a stronger nation. [-] grew up [-] and encountered people from different cultures and backgrounds. The relationships developed has shaped [-] into the [-] is today. A [-] who accepts and respects people who are different and finds the value in diverse perspectives in decision making processes and policy formulation. [-] is cognizant of ensuring diverse departmental members are included and afforded a seat at the table. [-] incorporates the principles of equity and inclusion into leadership practices. [-] treats all people [-] encounters with dignity and respect and reveres the experiences of [-] peers. [-] has experienced the benefits of diversity in thought as it provides more creative solutions and displays strength in diversity [-] has been meeting with the [-] Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DEi) Officer to address concerns impacting diversity and morale. [-] initiated a DEi presentation for the command staff to provide education and introduce the [-] Officer to the department leadership team.

 As Chief of Police, [-] would emphasize this guiding principle by reviewing and evaluating departmental practices to ensure equity and inclusion. [-] would incorporate ongoing training for the department with DEI office and put the practices into place to foster an environment of inclusion and fair and equitable treatment. [-] would dedicate resources to recruitment of minorities to include women and African Americans and identify the barriers to success for the demographics that are not adequately represented in the department. [-] would seek to incorporate programs such as 30X30 initiative to increase the percentage of female officers nationally to 30%. The benefit of women law enforcement officers include women are less prone to use excessive force, are named in less lawsuits and complaints, seek better outcomes for victims of sex crimes, and have a reduction in discretionary arrest of minorities (

Principle Centered Leadership

Principle centered leadership identifies with servant leadership. [-] is deeply rooted in faith that is ingrained in the concept of channeling a natural feeling of being a servant and serving others before self. [-] is the definition of servant leadership by placing others well-being as a primary interest and listening to understand the needs of others. [-]  holds officers accountable for their actions but will take the time to ensure their mental well­ being is being addressed. [-] seeks to identify the root causes to rectify performance issues and concerns. [-] encourages leadership training at all ranks and meets with officers to discuss career development and opportunities for improvement.

As Chief of Police, [-] will promote, support, and encourage leadership training was recently appointed to the Advisory Committee for [-] Leadership Certificate Program. [-] membership will afford female officers under [-] recommendation an 80% discount to attend the prestigious training. [-] will ensure opportunities are present for all ranks to learn and incorporate servant leadership principles and integrate the principles into the promotional process. But most importantly as the Chief and the head of the organization, [-] will model the characteristics of principle centered leadership so that it will be obvious to all who encounter Norfolk Police Department personnel the commitment to servant leadership. The implementation of principle centered leadership will occur from the top-down approach with the executive team receiving the same training as the police recruits.

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