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Title: Police Department Expectations


1
Police Department Expectations
  • What you and your new department have a right to
    expect

2
Feelings
As a new probationary officer or Rookie you
will experience the gamut of human emotions and
feelings when you start working.
  • Excitement
  • Discomfort
  • Eagerness
  • Pride
  • The desire to be accepted

3
A little secret
  • The key to making a good impression and meeting
    your responsibilities

CONTROL MODERATION
4
Your career rests on their opinion of you as an
officer
You may see yourself They may see
you
5
Your Timeline
  • Your career has a timeline or schedule
  • One year probationary period.
  • During probation officers may be dismissed at any
    time with no recourse.
  • Police departments frequently wait until the last
    few weeks to decide whether or not they will
    retain an employee.
  • Policy often prohibits new officers from special
    assignments or promotions for several years.

6
The Field Training Officer Process
  • Typically will be a structured process lasting
    from 6 weeks to 6 months.
  • Will probably involve rotating FTOs several
    times.
  • May involve working in a variety of assignments
    (traffic, investigation, animal welfare).
  • May be structured in phases.
  • Will involve daily written critiques and
    evaluations of your actions, judgment, attitude,
    and character.

7
The Job
  • Requires rotating shifts and lousy hours.
  • Means working weekends and holidays.
  • Means forced overtime and assignments.
  • Means everyone is watching you all the time.
  • Means you have a higher standard than the public.

8
Personal / Social Adjustments
  • Becoming a police officer (even a Rookie)
    entails changes in your social status and rank.
  • Even though you are the same person, others
    expectations and perceptions of you will change.

9
Coworkers
  • You will be expected to act and work as a part of
    an established organization.
  • The organization was there long before you so YOU
    will be expected to adapt to it.
  • You will be expected to operate at 100
    efficiency even thought you have not fully
    developed all your skills.
  • You will be measured by the same standard as
    veteran officers

10
Community
  • You will be expected to know how to do, and fix
    everything, thats what community policing is
    about.
  • You will be expected to stay out of everyones
    business.
  • Yet you will be expected to be everywhere the
    moment they need you.
  • You will be expected to be perfect in every facet
    of your life.

11
Family
  • They may see you as someone that they are unsure
    of. The fact that you carry a gun may
    scare/offend people you have known all your life.
  • You will be the focus of all comments police
    related.
  • You will be expected to defend officers, the
    courts and the whole criminal justice system at
    the dinner table.

12
Friends
  • Your established relationships with friends will
    change.
  • Some friends may resent you and dislike you
    simply because of your employment.
  • You will find many people are uneasy around you
    and are careful of their conversation (lest you
    arrest them).
  • You may encounter open hostility from old and new
    friends due to your profession.

13
Friends
  • You may find you have more in common with other
    officers than you do with your old friends.
  • You may find yourself seeking the company of
    police officers exclusively.
  • You may experience a gradual distancing from the
    outside world.

14
The Police Culture
  • You will find that officers at your new
    department may have many feelings toward you.
  • Distrust
  • Envy
  • Disinterest
  • Contempt

15
Distrust
  • Some officers are locked in a them v us
    mentality. You represent them.
  • Due to the close working conditions officers
    develop bonds and trust slowly. Membership in
    the group is not given it is earned over time.
  • Officers may see you as a kid who may not be
    able to handle it.

16
Envy
  • Envy often comes from fear.
  • Some officers are locked into their positions and
    see others with education, youth, skills, or
    other positive attributes as a threat to their
    job.
  • Some feel more people fewer promotions.
  • The majority of officers will never advance
    beyond patrol.

17
Old Timers
  • Have probably been there and done that
  • Will always have seniority.
  • Have developed social capital in the department.
  • Have probably seen (or made) the mistake you are
    about to make.
  • May be your boss someday.
  • Might actually know a thing or two.

18
Core Values for Law Enforcement
  • How do they really work?

19
Integration
  • One objective is to integrate the administration
    of justice with your personal feelings and
    professional standards.
  • By sticking to the core values you have a sign
    post or course to follow.
  • Without a path everyone can get lost in the
    wilderness of law enforcement.

20
Pitfalls of Aimless Wandering
  • Corruption
  • Guilt
  • Stress
  • Doubt
  • Regret
  • Shame

21
Integrity
  • Links all the values together.
  • Integrity means you consistently make good
    decisions based on a well thought out code.

22
Fairness
  • Freedom from prejudice or favoritism.
  • Impartiality.

23
Respect
  • Respect your profession, our system, your power
    and authority, yourself.
  • Remember to respect the public because they give
    you any power you may have.

24
Honesty
  • Is an all or nothing proposition.
  • It takes years to build a good reputation, and
    only a second to destroy it.
  • Is never taken, its only given away.

25
Courage
  • Control in the face of adversity or fear.
  • The ability to do what is right and must be done,
    in spite of the fear.
  • Doing the hard thing simply because its the
    RIGHT thing.

26
Compassion
  • The ability to understand and empathize with
    individuals.
  • Never overrides the other values.
  • Is built on humility, that could happen to me.

27
Remember in closing
  • You are responsible for your destiny from this
    day forward.
  • By choosing to not make a decisionyoure making
    a decision.
  • Dont let it happen make it happen. And make
    it happen right.

28
Go forth
  • Be proud
  • Be safe
  • Do good things
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