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Transformational and progressive roles in policing

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Writer: Dr Rupali Jeswal

“Mindset: Continuous learning through innovation in practice and professionalism to achieve national coherence.”

“Simply put policing is a verb, meaning action – the quality and effectiveness of this action depends on wealth of knowledge, training and synchronisation within the various departments.”


Police departments need to develop into a learning organisation to be ahead, no longer can the departments rely on methods of the past to just recruit, train and conduct occasional specialised courses.  Learning organisations indulge in constant, regular empowerment and enhancement trainings along with refreshers, table-top planning exercises for rapid response (these are being conducted in western countries to improve the ability of local jurisdictions to prepare, protect and respond), on-the-job trainings and mentoring programmes so the senior level can lead the new officers and set leadership by example – efforts through this system bring a culture of dispersed leadership.


Modernisation of police force incorporates a multidimensional model of police tradecraft, it is all about the mental edge and high performance and enhancing the core of policing which is the Police Officer. Modern concept of policing is the ability of the officer to swarm in an increasingly complex environmentwith rapid solution-focused strategies. Shared and dispersed leadership engages highly sophisticated workforce to meet the ever-increasing needs of the community and solving crime


Emergence of new global players, especially China and India will bring transformation in the geopolitical landscape through their expected rise in economic and political power. With a full bag of expanding military capabilities, large populations and sustained high economic growth, the uncertain factor remains about the smooth flow of transformation.
Uncertain scenarios also encompass the growing power of non-state actors, political Islam and it’s impact, conflict and expansion of jihadist ideology and ability of terrorist to acquire weapons of mass destruction. This scenario also contains weak governments harbouring religious extremism, acculturation due to technology and its radicalized affect on unemployed mass of youth, which may give way to regional conflicts. Cross border conflicts resulting in an exodus causing increased phenomenon of IDP.

 

Matter at hand

With this backdrop and potential developing factual scenarios we move on to establishing table-top scenario framing, which will offer a dynamic view of practical, professional policing in these current times and situations. Table-top framing exercises when conducted by
Police Executives are useful in forecasting measures against uncertain potential threats and risks; they focus on forecasting and developing new methodologies for policing.

Tech-tools

No doubt technology and its advancement has benefited policing in this century with fingerprinting databases, computerised crime mapping, SDRs (software-defined radio technologies) bring forth the possibility of cognitive radio technologies. Cognition is the ability of radios to “sense” the operational environment and adjust themselves accordingly. The coming of the tactical robots is breather, as it can assist the Police in
high-risk situations, responding to barricaded subjects, monitoring large perimeters, checking area for hazards and remotely communicating with potentially hostile subjects.
Uncertain scenarios also encompass the growing power of non-state actors, political Islam and it’s impact, conflict and expansion of jihadist ideology and ability of terrorist to acquire weapons of mass destruction

Weapon Modernisation has given way to semi-automatic with high capacity fast loading magazines from cap-and-ball revolvers, flintlock and wheel locks of the past and with new categories like CEW’s and Intermediate weapon also known as less-lethal weapon being included in the police arsenal, 4-in-one Tacshell jacket, optimising human weapon system, police pursuit vehicles (PPV) equipped with an infrared night vision camera, an automated license plate scanner (ALPR), MILO Range Modes being introduced as a very effective, interactive training simulator, it is a way to bring real scenarios
(up to 425 ready to train scenarios) into the training class to hone the skills for firearms drills and exercise. RBT or reality based trainings are gaining momentum for combat stress and marksmanship skills.

Table-top framing exercises when conducted by Police Executives are useful in forecasting measures against uncertain potential threats and risks; they focus on forecasting and developing new methodologies for policing



The job of a police officer comes pre-packed with unique, unpredictable risks and demands.

Stress is a pre-requisite in this field, if stress can be mastered and utilised as a force multiplier the performance is enhanced. To master combat stress, for example is improving the marksmanship skill because without mastery in combat stress even the best marksman will miss.

The list of highly advanced tech-tools is long and absolutely essential but for all these technical advances there is one salient component that ensures success in any operation and which remains unchanged that is the Human Factor – the Police Officer.

Police departments – A learning organisation

Police departments need to develop into a learning organisation to be ahead, no longer can the departments rely on methods of the past to just recruit, train and conduct occasional specialised courses. Learning organisations indulge in constant, regular empowerment and enhancement trainings along with refreshers,
table-top planning exercises for rapid response (these are being conducted in western countries to improve the ability of local jurisdictions to prepare, protect and respond), on-the-job trainings and mentoring programmes so the senior level can lead the new officers and set leadership by example – efforts through this system bring a culture of dispersed leadership.

Police departments need to develop into a learning organisation to be ahead, no longer can the departments rely on methods of the past to just recruit, train and conduct occasional specialised courses.  Learning organisations indulge in constant, regular empowerment and enhancement trainings along with refreshers, table-top planning exercises for rapid response (these are being conducted in western countries to improve the ability of local jurisdictions to prepare, protect and respond), on-the-job trainings and mentoring programmes so the senior level can lead the new officers and set leadership by example – efforts through this system bring a culture of dispersed leadership

Culture of Dispersed Leadership is an all-level initiative with a slogan of “every officer is a leader!” When the goal is personalised one takes responsibility for the success of that goal.

Police executives must develop a supportive structure of dispersed leadership with a swarming methodology and with an understanding of changes due to the global shifts in culture, technology, methods of information dissemination, urban diversity, social and economic factors. The challenges are certainly diversified, the pace of world events and dissemination of activities is much faster than before, crime is not centralised and criminals no longer bound by borders, so the existing and new generation of Police must be equipped with effective recognition of these challenges and to relate and forecast changes.

Best practices, performance measurement, reality-check makes a full circle when local police departments team up with professionals from scientific and educational fields to conduct analysis which helps with identifying and planning for the challenges, to develop, maintain and nourish a high definition of workforce. This will bring forth points of focus for coping and working strategies in our asymmetric operational environment.


Police Force of a Nation collectively represents the face of the country and collectively provides protection to the citizens; it is synonymous with the “brand name” of the country


Joint alliance of this kind will guide the police force for greater gains in performance at the same time being cost-effective.

Scarce resources is a cry emoted by many in the Police force, ATS and Crime branch, so how should we allocate scarce resources to improve effectiveness – is the question at large.

Cost associated with effective policing is a factor not to be ignored and at the same time decision-makers must congregate with various experts to assess and analyse and create “connects” between scarce resources, effective policing and serving the community better. To do this, police force in all states need to evaluate the current procedures they use, to obtain measurement of performance that can accurately assess progress, quality, efficiency and accountability. Systemic approach through a methodology will appraise the department’s overall performance and record specific functions and activities, which have proved effective in the past to be used as “best practice” and reinvention upon those for new effective systems, data-driven decisions to combat new challenges.

Analysing crime patterns must be accompanied with what police are doing about them and to what effect, based on this analysis constant development and restructuring of strategies must be carried out to deal with issues, these strategies tallying with issues then must be dispersed to all within the department written in structured format so it can be immediately understood, applied and the result obtained through application and evaluated for effectiveness to improve upon further.

Police Force of a Nation collectively represents the face of the country and collectively provides protection to the citizens; it is synonymous with the “brand name” of the country.
A learning organisation adopts a “System Thinking Process”, which means – maintain effective rapport, effective communication system, brand control, perception management of the force and the community, resources and methods on
“self-training” along with collective trainings.

A learning organisation cultivates an atmosphere of innovation, personal commitment, ample amount of knowledge and hands-on, correct mental-modes, critical thinking knowing latent failures and gives the workforce personal mastery of their own and collective unique skill sets. Above all this form of system thinking projects in action the shared vision understood by all, to reach the goal and team learning to execute action with high performance. The department becomes a sanctuary for like-minded professionals where the individual grows and is not deterred or de-motivated.

Learning occurs as a ‘response’ to certain definite and identifiable stimuli in one’s environment. Learning organisationsmaximise potential for success in execution of their objectives and increase productivity, trust and performance, as people in these organisations share more powerful connections. Active engagement, inquiry, problem solving, solution focused mental-mode and engagement with others, characterise learning activities in constructivist setting.

Many countries are adopting a trend for a culture of police leadership and creation of seamless response units where various agencies and departments run “live” exercises to prepare for possible critical case scenarios of that particular city

Facilitating environment for personal and professional growth:

Congruence: This is an approach towards a definite value, a goal to reach a fixed state of cognition-oriented-action equilibrium.

 

Transparency: Being authentic without any false front and having a match between internal and external factors.

This in turn allows climate of open communication.

Many countries are adopting a trend for a culture of police leadership and creation of seamless response units where various agencies and departments run “live” exercises to prepare for possible critical case scenarios of that particular city.

In countries where there are behavioural science units in all police departments, result in increased efficiency and increase morale in the police officers has been recorded, these units offer a systemic view in developing intervention and empowerment strategies. These units benefit and assist the officers professionally and personally in critical assessment, problem identification, better understanding of criminal and terrorist minds and also as a supportive aid for the emotional and psychological well-being of the officers, to lessen the stress of trauma and reduce the impact of potential trauma faced in the line of duty. First-hand or second-hand trauma becomes a shackle in functioning of a police officer taking away the motivational factor needed for their high performance.

Conclusion

Multifaceted teamwork through dispersed leadership is being adopted in policing. When employees are allowed to practice job involvement they assume a level of responsibility and control over location-specific working conditions that directly affect them. This ensures a level of ownership that results in greater motivation, communication and innovation. Modern concept of policing is the ability of the officer to swarm in an increasingly complex environment with rapid
solution-focused strategies. Shared and dispersed leadership engages highly sophisticated workforce to meet the
ever-increasing needs of the community and solving crime.

Modernisation of police force incorporates a multidimensional model of police tradecraft, it is all about the mental edge and high performance and enhancing the core of policing which is the Police Officer.


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