Four obstacles have traditionally (and presently) “arrested” the development of our nation’s police and prevented them from becoming the kind of police a democracy needs:
- Anti-intellectualism – Not understanding the importance or contribution of higher education and not requiring it as a hiring standard.
- Violence – Quickly resorting to the use of force when less violent approaches could be used.
- Corruption – Disobeying the law while enforcing it.
- Discourtesy – Failing to respect all people they encounter regardless of race, color, creed, sexual orientation, or station in life.
The way out of this debilitating situation is for the police to integrate and practice the seven improvement steps:
- Envision. Police leaders must cast a bold and breathtaking vision to ensure a distinguished future for policing.
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