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Tag: Washington State Criminal Justice Commission

Oct.
31st

Cheating at the police academy a leadership failure

If mad computer skills are the coin of the realm in Silicon Valley, then what is the most important attribute for a professional law enforcement officer?

Defensive tactics? Legal knowledge? Communication skills? While these are all essential tools for a cop on the beat, the answer is far more basic.

The answer is integrity.

To prove the point, consider the performance of a police agency which fails to stress this trait. Department standards will be ignored. Crimes will be enforced haphazardly. Criminals will be more likely to run away or fight. Victims will stop calling. Juries will stop believing officers’ testimony.

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