Career development programs in law enforcement are highly complex and challenging. They encompass various necessities that are instrumental to catapulting the profession and the individuals involved in law enforcement to greater heights. However, the career development process in itself is difficult to implement and follow because of the intricacies that come along with it.
In order to ensure that career development programs will be able to realize its purpose for the growth of the industry and the individuals that work under it, it should be able to acknowledge the problems, difficulties and barriers that might stop it from providing desirable results. This will allow the institution to provide career development programs that are free from flaws through thorough program planning.
The problems, difficulties, and barriers involved in career development programs will be the point of discussion for the remainder of this paper, as well as its implications to the law enforcement industry and law enforcement officers. The ultimate purpose of career development programs is to provide an opportunity for individuals and institutions to set out a plan that addresses the need to establish career goals and a career plan to accomplish them.
It is a chance for both the institution and the individual to improve his craft and follow a desired career path by undergoing processes which will allow them to fulfill their roles and responsibilities career-wise, obtain in depth knowledge, skills, and required competencies, apply theories into practice efficiently and appropriately, and achieve a sense of fulfillment in one’s career, while at the same time being able to carry out complex roles and tasks that will project their abilities to contribute to the success of an organization. Career development then benefits both the individual and the organization.
(Watts, 2008) The mutual and shared benefits and contributions of career development manifest in both the institution and the individual. This is because both elements are engaged in the career development process – the individual chooses a career path he wants to follow and does all means possible to sustain his ability to become efficient and productive in his industry and the organization provides opportunities for its members to expand their career in order to assist the organization in achieving its organizational goals and objectives.
Therefore, the problems, difficulties, and barriers involved in career development programs are both their concerns. (“What is Career Development,” 2008) Since this is the case, law enforcement institutions and staff or personnel should be able to look at career development as highly significant matter that they need to spend time and exert effort on not only because it supports their personal interests, but because it fortifies the foundation of the law enforcement industry as a whole.
These problems, difficulties and barriers are deep rooted on the availability of resources, whether financial or human resources, etc. , the will or stable decision to pursue a clear path for career development, choices or opportunities made available for law enforcement agencies and institutions, the presence of professionals or experts who are highly knowledgeable and skilled in planning and implementing career development programs that will suit organizational and individuals needs, and the willingness of individuals and institutions to engage in career development programs. (Merchant, 2004) Each of these problems, difficulties, or barriers will be discussed along with each aspect’s influence to career development as a vital part of humanizing law enforcement.