- Have a track record of building trust and good will within their organizations and in their communities. Strong, ethical and objective leadership is essential.
- 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).
- Accept and appreciate civilian oversight, such as in the form of a civilian complaint board or ombudsman, since these build confidence in policing.
- Have experience with the Memphis Model, and/or other best practices for working fairly and effectively with the mentally ill and their families.
- Understand the importance of strategic planning, and the importance of aligning department goals with those of the community.
- 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.
- Understand the importance accurate data and regular data collection, as well as the need to keep local residents apprised of that information.
- Have local knowledge and regional contacts, and the demonstrated ability to develop strategic relationships.
- 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.
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:
Link to our letter here.