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Trainingthe Supervisory Element week 5 discussion 1

While much of the training focus within law enforcement lies with the officersin the field, many departments are now committing significant time andresources towards effective supervisory and leadership training. In looking atthe role of officer versus that of supervisor/manager, categorize the focus andgoals of training at each level. Identify the importance and impact of the two(2) areas of training on the community and agency. What impact does liabilityhave on the actions of the supervisor or manager? Provide your opinion on theimportance of leadership training and the level of supervision at which youdeem it most important to ensure the success of the squad, unit, or division.

The focus and goals of thetraining focuses on providing a good understanding of the roles, duties and thefunctions of supervisors and those of field officers.  Training encompasses criticalresponsibilities such as supervisory roles, styles, measurable performancestandards, legal aspects of supervision, marginal or problem employees,instilling discipline, and working under hostile environment.

There are many challengesfacing leadership training and supervisory duties for law enforcementsupervisors and managers. The training is important in providing the necessarytools for strong leadership within the organizations and communities. This isbecause the transition from line officers to supervisors for example requiresspecific mind and skills needed to become an integral part of the managementteam.

An understanding of riskcontrol is important as state officers are subject to rules and regulations oftheir departments. The supervisors are therefore subject to administrativeliabilities for the violation of such rules and regulations, which may lead todisciplinary actions such as fines, demotions, or dismissal. Civil liabilitiesinclude failure to render proper emergency services, failure to help citizens,false arrests, negligence in the care of suspects under custody, constitutionalviolations, among others (Gaines and Worrall, 2012).

  Theabsence of formal leadership training has made it extremely difficult for lawenforcement executives to learn how to lead and develop officers withindepartments. Effective law enforcement leaders should ensure good staffdevelopment and training to their members in dealing with such issues. Thiscall s for managers to provide sets of strategic directions, which differs fromthe past. The training of leaders is therefore important for the future of thelaw enforcement agencies.


Gaines, L. K., & Worrall,J. L. (2012). Police administration. Clifton Park, NY:   Delmar/Cengage.

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