Leadership is integral to the delivery of world-class policing and public safety. Senior leaders have a responsibility to be effective in their role and to support the frontline. We seek to promote effective leadership in order to support the frontline and adoption of world-class policing and public safety.
A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a litle less than his share of the credit.
Cultivating Leadership for the Public Good
Leadership is vital to the delivery of world-class policing and public safety. Leaders at all levels can and must be able to communicate effectively and to provide a compelling vision for themselves, those around them and the broader public.
Public safety leaders must understand the challenges that face those in senior positions, but they must also remain connected to those they serve - that is the public at large and the officers and staff in their organisation.
Leaders must also recognise the value that exists in the office they hold - and that their decisions around being visible, accessible and supportive - has a dramatic impact upon their own reputation and the performance of their organisation.
Leaders must be unafraid of doing what they think right - but they must also be unafraid of justifying their decisions and their comments. Fundamentally they should understand that they serve the public, their officers and staff - and, though they uphold the law, they are independent of the state.
There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right and not to fear to do or say what you believe to be right.
The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care.
International Leadership Series
We are currently preparing our International Public Safety Leadership series that will run annually to capture and share the experiences and perspectives on policing and public safety from leaders, across countries and agencies.
The multimedia series – made up of video and written content – will be freely available online for public safety professionals and members of the public alike. We are actively seeking nominations for highly effective senior leaders across our priority geographies for 2016/2017:
- Domestic: The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- Europe: Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Belgium
- North America: Canada, The United States of America
We also welcome contact from any organisations wishing to sponsor our work on public safety leadership.
Nominate and Support
You can nominate anyone working within the realm of public safety, ranging from policing, prisons, probation and immigration or related NGOs/community groups. We accept nominations from any rank or administrative grade.
Please ensure that you provide some indication - ideally including concrete examples - of why you consider the individual to be a leader of note.
We will collate nominations and conduct a sift to identify individuals who we consider to qualify for further consideration.
We may then approach the individuals advising them of their nomination - though not disclosing the source of the nomination - and invite them to participate in our Public Safety Leadership series.
Sponsors will help sustain our work in the area of public safety leadership. It will provide you with the benefit of knowing that you are contributing to the global stock of knowledge and intellectual capital relating to leadership in policing and public safety.
Furthermore, we provide a range of options for your sponsorship of the series to be made clear. You can find out more on email via email@example.com.
The individual, organisational, and societal challenges that leaders within the world of public safety have faced, are facing and may expect to face.
This can be expected to cover both long-standing issues (e.g. crime reduction) and more topical issues. The series will generate a mix of high-quality multimedia content for free and open access to public safety professionals and the public at large.
With limited resources it is not possible for us to pro-actively reach out to every effective leader in the public safety field. We therefore welcome written submissions of 600-2,000 words from those with an interest in leadership who wish to write on the subject of leadership and its importance in supporting frontline professionals and achieving the very best for the public.
In the first instance, we'd invite you to drop an email to us via firstname.lastname@example.org outlining (in up to 250 words) what you'd like to write about and who you are.
Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.