Wednesday, January 16, 2013

How to Pick a Chief

Strategic Government Resources is conducting the search for our new police chief. In response to their request for input, ICP makes the following recommendations. We favor chief candidates who:

  1. Have a track record of building trust and good will within their organizations and in their communities. Strong, ethical and objective leadership is essential.
  2. Will embrace a collaborative policing model—that is—one with meaningful citizen involvement (be it through working relationships with local professionals, partnerships with schools and families, or community conversations and forums). 
  3. Accept and appreciate civilian oversight, such as in the form of a civilian complaint board or ombudsman, since these build confidence in policing.
  4. Have experience with the Memphis Model, and/or other best practices for working fairly and effectively with the mentally ill and their families.
  5. Understand the importance of strategic planning, and the importance of aligning department goals with those of the community.
  6. Have experience with proactive and targeted officer recruitment. We need a long-term strategy for attracting high quality officers, whose qualifications match the specific needs of Bainbridge Island.
  7. Understand the importance accurate data and regular data collection, as well as the need to keep local residents apprised of that information.
  8. Have local knowledge and regional contacts, and the demonstrated ability to develop strategic relationships.
  9. Have an understanding of, and preferably experience with, communities similar to Bainbridge Island. We have relatively little crime and expect high standards for our public officials. A different kind of leadership is needed here than in other places.
Link to our letter here.