POLICE Magazine

JAN 2019

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12 P O L I C E J A N UA R Y 2 019 L aw enforcement professionals who are ready to promote to sergeant should have reached a certain level of mastery over their current non-ranking position(s). It is certainly preferable to have some diversity of assignments such as patrol, investigations, or traffic, and some collateral duties such as FTO, range master, or defensive tactics instructor. But that's just the beginning. College education and com- pleted degrees are important and departmental involvement is al- ways welcomed. Examples include serving as a Police Explorer advi- sor, committee member, or team/ project volunteer. A strong record of advanced officer training; good performance evaluations; profes- sional relationships; and demon- strated traits that include lead- ership, sound decision-making, integrity, organizational advocacy, and a strong work ethic all help to identify quality promotional candidates who have achieved promotional readiness. e idea is to exemplify a candidate who has been around that law en- forcement block and represent a seasoned professional who has no other place to go but up. e trick is to also stand out from the others v ying for the same coveted position. SCARCITY e most life destroying word of all is the word tomorrow. —Richard Kiyosaki ere is an area of light psychology called the law of scarcity, which is used heavily in marketing and advertising, as well as in the art of how to persuade people. e law of scarcity simply means the less of something there is (rari- ty), the more we want it, admire it, or hold it at higher value. Look at singer Susan Boyle. When she first walked on stage to perform on the TV show "Britain's Got Talent," you could see on the judges' faces that they were less than impressed and the audience was snickering and rolling their eyes. At 47, Susan was much older than the other contestants and her quirky personality was viewed as silly, when in reality it was a display of overt confidence. Of course she could not control her age or physical appearance. However, once she started singing, the judges were shocked. She had peo- ple in the audience crying and she received a standing ovation in the first 30 seconds of her song. She became an overnight sensation. Watch her perfor- mance on YouTube; it's very inspiring. Today Ms. Boyle is a multi-mil- lionaire and a respected internation- al celebrity. Everyone in that theater thought, "Where the hell did that come from?" Your goal in your in- terview and testing process is to shoot for that same "wow" reaction from the panel, the raters, or your chief. What Ms. Boyle had was exclu- sivity. Very few people can sing like her, thus her audience felt privileged and honored to experience her rare (scarce) talent. If you think that she was lucky to be born with that tal- ent or her skill is just the benefit of nature or genetics, you're kidding yourself. She had been singing— practicing—to achieve her dream for 35 years. So ask yourself, what can you do in the non-ranking years of your career to make yourself scarce or ex- clusive; disunited from the rest of the crowd like a diamond among a pile of rocks? First, start preparing now…right now. We understand the contemporary preparatory efforts that most of us share: diversity of assignments, ancillary duties, longevity, training, stellar per- formance evaluations, and education. ese are often shared by all candidates at varied levels, so if this is all you have you risk blending into the pack. In the years prior to your sergeant's promo- tion, consider taking a proactive strate- gy to make yourself exclusive or at least more competitive. EXPERTISE Work to methodically develop one or more levels of expertise in a particular You can learn a lot by scanning. Take a set amount of time each day to learn what's happening in law enforcement. PoliceMag,com is a good source. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE SERGEANT'S PROMOTION YOUR PREPARATORY EFFORTS FOR CAREER ADVANCEMENT ARE NOT A SPRINT; THEY ARE A MARATHON. IF YOU WANT TO BE BETTER PREPARED THAN YOUR COMPETITION, THEN PREPARE BETTER THAN YOUR COMPETITION. H ANDY BORRELLO HOW TO...

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