local political forces
Consider the jurisdiction/city in which you live or work. For the purpose of this assignment, you are the chief of police. What are the local political forces? Who are the political players? What type of government structure does the jurisdiction have, e.g. strong mayor, council-mayor?
As the chief of police you have just had a meeting with a very well-connected community leader. There have been a number of auto thefts in his community and he is demanding that you add extra police officers to his area. Your crime analysis information does indicate that over the past three (3) months, the number of auto thefts has increased 200%, from 4 to 12. The year before, there were three (3) auto thefts. Overall, for the city, there are approximately 200 auto thefts a year. The police commander in charge of the area has provided you with recent deployment data and a “power shift” comprised of 4 officers (already assigned to the area) is already working on the problem. The commander indicates that he has the situation in control.
The community leader has called a press conference and the mayor is in attendance. He demands on air that additional personnel be added to the district in which this particular area is located and that the additional personnel be specifically assigned to his area to take care of this problem. The news media personnel ask the mayor whether he plans to assign additional officers to the community leader’s area, to which he responds that he will be meeting with you later in the day to discuss the matter.
You and the mayor do meet and he tells you that you are to reassign four additional officers from another district to the district where the community leader’s community is located. He also tells you that the community leader is critical to his re-election as mayor and if you like your job you will make the transfer happen.
What will you do? There is no need to reassign the officers. Your commander is handling the matter and it is really crime is really no a major issue in the community leader’s area, however, you have heard through the grapevine that he wants to run for city council in the next election.
You are one of four finalists for the position of chief of police in Besttown City, USA, an suburban jurisdiction. If you are selected, you have will to develop the department from the ground up. As part of the assessment center portion of the selection process, you have been asked to design an organizational chart for the proposed department using the following information.
The city has a multicultural population of 75,000, with 25% of its residents under the age of eighteen (18) and 10% of residents are over the age of sixty-five (65). The racial breakdown is as follows:
• White Non-Hispanic (44.2%)
• Black (34.0%)
• Hispanic (14.4%)
• Other race (7.4%)
• Two or more races (5.0%)
• Asian Indian (1.9%)
• American Indian (1.2%)
• Filipino (0.6%)
• Vietnamese (0.6%)
• Chinese (0.5%)
The form of government is mayor-council. There are six council members (does not include the mayor) and there are six council wards, however, initial discussions have indicated that the city would be divided into three (3) patrol districts or service areas. This may change once the chief is on board, however, that is the information as of now.
The mayor-council anticipates a full-service police department with an authorized sworn strength of 150. The civilian strength is projected to be thirty (30). Whoever is selected chief will have to work with the personnel department to determine the exact positions for civilian staff.
One of the reasons for the creation of the department is community dissatisfaction with the service provided by the county police department. Response time to calls for service has been a major sticking point in town meetings held by the mayor and city council. Community members want calls to be dispatched by their own police department. For 2008, there were 23,000 calls for service. Crime stats for three years are provided:
Year Homicide Rape Robbery Assault Burglary Larceny Auto Theft
2008 0 1 160 101 305 534 167
2007 1 0 120 97 197 634 175
2006 2 0 187 132 276 592 186
Review pp. 228 – 251 of the text. What type of organizational chart would you recommend and why and how would the design “look?” What additional questions would you like to ask the mayor and/or council to develop this chart? Still, this is an assessment center and while those questions might assist you, you have to develop the chart with an explanation based on the information provided.
Once you have reviewed it, answer the following questions and then return to the conference for this week:
Assessment Question Yes No
Is there a mission statement?
Are there value statements?
Is there a vision statement?
Are the mission, value(s), and vision statements combined into one statement?
Is the mission statement clear? Would employees be able to explain the mission of the organization?
Is it clear how the organization plans to carry out its mission (the vision)?
Does the mission adequately provide the basis for the organization to develop its goals and objectives?
Does the vision statement set high standards of excellence, reflect high ideals, and are they based on a sound philosophy?
Does the vision statement inspire commitment?
Is the vision statement proactive and positive?
Is the vision statement communicated clearly?
Does the vision statement integrate the unique qualities and competencies of the organization?
Does the value statement express how the organization should operate in relation to core moral values (moral values include statements about integrity and respect)?
Does the value statement express how the organization should operate in relation to core operational values (operational values include statement about efficiency, accountability and customer service)?
Are there long-range goals and objectives that define how the organization will meet its mission?
Are there short-range goals and objectives that define how the organization will meet its vision?
Are objectives action-oriented?
Are objectives specific (so that required behavior is understood by department personnel)?
Are objectives time-limited?
Are objectives quantifiable?
Are objectives realistic?
Does each objective have a strategy that describes how the objective will be achieved?
Do you believe the plan communicates to department personnel how the department’s energy and resources will be used to attain the goals?
Do you believe that plan communicates to the community how the department’s energy and resources will be used to attain the goals?
Is there a process for monitoring the plan?
Is there a process for updating or modifying the plan?
Is there an indication that a broad range of department members participated in the development of the plan?
Is there an indication that a broad range of lawmakers or local government officials participated in the development of the plan?
Is there an indication that a broad range of the community participated in the development of the plan?
What do you like most about the plan?
What do you like least about the plan?
If you have been affiliated (or are affiliated) with an organization that has a strategic plan what role did you play in its development?
If you have been affiliated (or are affiliated) with an organization that as a strategic plan, is the plan used to carry out the mission of the organization?
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