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SEP 2017

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PoliceMag.com 31 International Exhibition & Conference Law Enforcement, Security and Tactical Solutions Only here can you meet an exclusive audience of experts: Buyers for official security agencies, police, the military and special units. It is exactly the right confidential atmosphere for sensitive products. Apply today: enforcetac.com/ application You will not find better contacts anywhere else: With its wide range of offerings, the IWA OutdoorClassics – the leading international trade fair for hunting, shooting sports, outdoor equipment and security – attracts industry buyers to Nuremberg from around the world. Apply today: iwa.info/ become-exhibitor INTERNA TIONAL CLIENTS GET READ Y FOR Y OUR NÜRNBERG, GERMANY MARCH 9 – 12, 2018 nizational reports. I am still a paper guy, but use whatever form of organized note taking works for you. Just know that notes on napkins or slivers of paper crammed in your pocket will not work. Start a daily or weekly journal to keep track of important information. Six months from now you will not recall all those things you thought you would remember. Scheduling is another big rock issue. You have hopefully mas- tered planning your personal schedule, work and court sched- ules, and family time. Now you also have to manage everyone's days off and vacations, keep the slots filled, and coordinate spe- cial event planning. Yes, there is software available to help but this is still a new skill that you have to learn rapidly. You will be reviewed on your staffing abilities and management of overtime. MAKE YOUR WEAKNESSES STRENGTHS Nobody ever wants to admit it but you have a personal gap or weak spot. Do you know where that might be? If not, the great gods of Policeland will make it self-evident. Stop and think how long you have been out of the academy and then calculate how many new classes have been added to the curriculum since. No, I am not saying your youngest officers are smarter than you. But there are undoubtedly skills that you would do well to learn. Contact your police academy and determine your gap in the new topic areas and request to audit the classes. You may have been told never to volunteer but there will be mandatory opportunities to excel. Accept new challenges when offered. Often these test your mettle and prepare you for bigger and better things. e next time you are up for a promotion they will be looking for motivated and self-starting supervisors; do not let the opportunity train leave without you. I also highly recommend you seek out a finishing school. ere are many that offer degrees and individual courses geared toward law enforcement supervisors. It is never too early to start the application process because the application requirements and waiting lists are long. Finally, you may find yourself asking, "How do I know if I am a good leader?" If you set achievable and realistic goals you can measure most elements. Your mentor should be able to evaluate you as well and note your progress. It will be a special day when you are asked to mentor your replacement. I am often asked how I define a good leader. My best answer is borrowed from United States Supreme Court Justice Stewart: "I know it when I see it." William L. "Bill" Harvey is the chief of the Ephrata (PA) Police De- partment. He retired from the Savannah (GA) Police Department where he worked assignments in training, patrol, and CID. Harvey has more than 25 years of experience working with recruits, rook- ies, and FTOs. freeinfo.policemag.com/768974

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