As a new supervisor in the above situation I might be experiencing a few key problems which are contributing to such behavior amongst my staff. As a new supervisor I have yet to gain any respect towards my authority and thus it is being represented in my staff's adherence to the rules I set as well as departmental rules. It also does not help my supervisory status that I am probably overseeing what were once my friends and colleagues. Also, in this regard I probably have been more focused on making friends and comrades out of my staff as a form of bonding with a new team, rather than overseeing them so as to make the job run more smoothly. However, this has since gone out of hand if departmental rules are being broken and innocents are falling the victim of this friendship.
As the chief I would advise my new sergeant that they need to understand the difference between being their friend and being their boss. This supervisor should not be letting their team members slide as a way of gaining their friendship and approval.
[...] This in turn will help the supervisor to more accurately gage and be aware of the colleague to boss boundary in a work environment so that rules are not broken and order is kept where needed. This will include doling out discipline within the right situation. In this situation an immediate investigation must be started of all claims of of force” and from this investigation any and all valid claims against officers must be pursued and disciplinary action must be taken. This includes all actions up to and including termination without pension or benefits from their position. [...]
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[...] These actions, if put into effect, will prove to change not only the actions of the members of this shift but also their attitude when dealing with work situations not only with the public but also colleagues. In the short term there may be some angry members of the group, however, in thinking long term this will prove to create a better professional working environment for everyone. As the amount of professional interaction grows so will the amount of respect not only for one another but also for a forward thinking and assertive supervisor. REFERENCES Frazee, B., & Davis, J. [...]
[...] Use of force simulation response a newly promoted sergeant, you are assigned to the patrol division working the midnight shift. You have been with the department for more than 7 years, so you pretty much know everybody assigned to your shift. You pride yourself on your ability to work with anybody and can see yourself relating to them on their own level, and in fact, they often refer to you by your first name. As a result of your efforts, your shift has the highest number of arrests, clearances, and traffic citations. [...]
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