Law enforcement

If you were hired as a consultant to institute a performance management system in a law enforcement agency, describe your first course of action. The first course of action to undertake from the beginning of a performance management system in law enforcement agencies is to create a plan. The plan should include strategies and approaches that are directed toward developing and managing the performance of the law enforcement as a system.

Strategic planning will allow the law enforcement agency to be directed to a development plan that will pose the most desirable results that realize the purpose and objectives of the criminal justice system. The plan is a blueprint that the law enforcement agency is urged to follow in order to harness the best results in terms of practicing and applying the law. Moreover, the strategic plan constitutes everything that the law enforcement agency needs to accomplish in order to realize its ultimate goals and objectives.

(Zhao, Thurman, & Len, 2008) Based on your experience, list the skills that you believe supervisors need to further develop in order for them to successfully help workers improve performance. Briefly describe the importance of each skill. Supervisors or leaders within the criminal justice system should be able to encourage or motivate workers in order to improve their performance. They should be able to exhibit certain qualities which will help them accomplish their mission in improving the criminal justice system as a whole.

Supervisors or leaders should be able to gain the trust of their subordinates – trust in the criminal justice system and trust in the performance development program. This particular skill is needed in order to assure the members of the criminal justice system that the career path they are following will be the best not only for the institution but also for them as professionals in the area of criminal justice. Another skill is the creativity and inventiveness of the leader to innovate plans and strategies readily that will suit the needs and concerns of their subordinates.

Lastly, the supervisor or the leader should be able to be the change or improvement that he desires for his subordinates. Motivating the improvement of performance means that leaders should become role models in order to easily facilitate and influence desirable change. (Morreale & Ortmeier, 2003)


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