Toward a Profession of Police Leadership

New Perspectives in Policing series 

“No profession is more dependent on the quality of its leadership than policing. But unless careful thought is given to its development, dispersal, context, and practical application, individual leadership skill training will not translate into organizational success,” said Edward Flynn, Chief of the Milwaukee Police Department and co-author of ‘Toward a Profession of Police Leadership’ from the Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety (2008-2014) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and the OJP National Institute of Justice (NIJ).

In this new report criminal justice experts Edward A. Flynn and Victoria Herrington, this report explores current approaches to developing police leadership and critiques the emphasis on training individual leaders. Drawing on national and international examples, the authors suggest ways in which leadership throughout the organization might be better developed and encourage police departments to think about more than formal leaders when considering leadership... MORE