Engagement and Police Work

An interesting story about employee engagement and police work has just emerged from New Zealand.

It seems that the police engagement survey is saying that the police officers "feel over-worked, under-resourced, and don't have a great deal of trust in the organisation to treat them fairly."

Not a good situation.

My dad (who passed away in 2003) was a policeman. He was an "old school" cop, a Depression-era guy and a WW II veteran. He would probably have some strong opinions on the state of police work in today's world.

Last night, I attended a local Knights of Columbus awards program, where one of the awards given annually is named after my dad, the George Seamon Law Enforcement Person of the Year Award. The award was presented to veteran Policeman Cornelius "Neil" Maloney III.

Neil is a big guy, well over six feet tall, and probably more than 200 lbs. When he came up to accept the honor, he said a few words to the audience. What most impressed me was the depth of emotion that came out as he thanked his mentors, some of whom were sitting in the audience, "old guys" that my dad had worked with.

It reminded me of the many times I heard my dad talk about the mentors that taught him about police work when he was a rookie and later on as he was groomed for greater responsibility.

Every police officer goes to school, but what you may not realize is how each one you meet, from a traffic cop to a detective, is shaped by the cops that came before.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, April 24, 2008

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