In this section we provide access to the published videos from Secure 1776. We examine core topics related to the field of public safety, with a focus on policing. Our comprehensive leadership series examines the challenges of the sworn oath, all-levels responsibility, and command. Three videos have been published thus far. Additional videos are forthcoming.
Leadership Series Video Index
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Leadership Series – Introduction
There is a public safety crisis in America. Leadership at all levels is required to strengthen the police-community relationship that is vital to building safer and stronger communities. As a profession, it is essential that police agencies fully reawaken their community policing roots, and engage in active problem-solving directly with community residents and stakeholders. But police executives must also strengthen the internal relationship within their own departments among their officers. Here an introduction to the upcoming video series.
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Leadership Series – The Oath
Policing has always been a challenging profession, carrying with it many risks for those who take the oath and commit to serving. Taking the oath is the simple part. Keeping the oath is the most important part – the very challenging part. There is a public safety crisis in America and those forces that have deliberately sought to weaken the police-community relationship have made the nation less safe.
As a profession, it is essential that we acknowledge four fundamental truths about policing in America. First, all police officers volunteered to serve in the role. Second, the individual stakes for our officers are high, as the words “we” and “if” were not within the oath that they swore. Third, in swearing their oath, each officer committed individually to lead by example within the profession, and to be a leader in the community that they serve. Fourth, these are exceptionally challenging times for the nation and the public safety profession.
Police executives must both strengthen the internal relationship within their own departments, and advocate for their officers with their elected officials and civic leaders within the community. Watch “The Oath” and then join the discussion below.
The deepest and most visible evidence of the commitment of America’s police officers is documented on the Officer Down Memorial Page. On the day after this video was posted, Police Officer Ella French was murdered on the streets of Chicago while conducting a vehicle stop (End of Watch: 7 August 2021). Her partner was critically wounded. For further analysis on this tragedy, read our related post. [Photo: Chicago Police Officer Ella French]
Across America, more than 25,000 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty defending the Constitution and protecting their communities. Lives lost and lives taken while those officers were keeping their oaths. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13, NIV).
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Leadership Series – All Levels Responsibility
Most often, when we first think about the topic of leadership, we make an immediate association with a person holding a formal position or title. This is often described as positional leadership. Fully understanding “leadership” requires us to understand that the responsibilities of leadership are not limited to those holding a position of authority. Fundamentally, leadership is about persuasion. Those “in leadership” must understand that, to succeed, they must strengthen the leadership abilities of those they lead.
In fact, the best positional leaders, draw upon their own informal (or relational) leadership abilities, and they do not rely upon the power of their rank alone to get others to act. They inspire. However, leadership is more than ability to give an inspiring speech. Leadership is more than words – it is the full expression of all of our actions.
The best leaders also draw upon the informal leadership displayed by others surrounding them, and from those they formally supervise. This builds from a fundamental truth – in life, none of us can do absolutely everything ourselves. This is true for the newest police officer, and for the chief of police.
Highly-effective organizations are comprised of highly-effective individuals that are performing at all-levels within the group. Each individual officer – for their part of the mission – is the “key piece of the puzzle” that makes it all work. It is a responsibility of those holding formal leadership positions, to help everyone within their organization understand this core principle. In policing, leadership is an all-levels responsibility.
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Readings Related to Our Published Videos
Our Leadership Video Series draws upon key concepts, relating to policing and the current public safety crisis, from our independent research and analysis efforts published in research journals and professional publications. Learn more by going to the “Our Published Articles” section.
Additionally, join the discussion among Secure 1776 subscribers and guests, as we analyze current events and research impacting public safety in our “In the News and Research” section.
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