Signs The Boss Is Over The Hill

1. He’s always telling officers to watch out for Apaches.
2. Still bummed out about that whole Black Sox thing.
3. Sometimes gets confused at roll call and tries to thank the academy for his award.
4. Favorite drink? Mead.
5. Always going on about the time he got demoted for arresting a band of cattle rustlers without smoke-signaling for back-up.
6. Tries to pay for coffee with doubloons.
7. Sometimes wears underwear on the outside of his uniform.
8. Can never remember how many times he’s seen Haley’s comet.
9. The Museum of Natural History makes him homesick.
10. Grade school classmate of Dick Clark.

Hey, it’s not MY job…

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A Good Lesson for Us All, and Chimps

Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the other monkeys with cold water.

After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

Now, put away the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his surprise and horror, all of the other monkeys attack him.  After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm! Likewise, replace a third original monkey with a new one, then a fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked.

Most of the monkeys that are beating him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

After replacing all the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs to try for the banana. Why not? Because as far as they know that’s the way it’s always been done around here.

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Rod Robinson
Sergeant of Marines

Mindset for Being a Supervisor

Developing A Mindset For Being A Supervisor Can anyone be a supervisor?

In order to develop a proper mindset for being a supervisor, no matter what the rank, I want you to observe the supervisors that you currently work for and how they handle various situations. Afterwards, get some quiet time and think about how you would have handled the situation if you were in charge. Debrief the entire scenario. Determine the positives and the negatives, and be honest while doing so. If your supervisor handled the incident properly, then give him credit and learn by it. If you felt there were areas for improvement, DO NOT contact this supervisor and give him your opinion, because it is not your place, it probably would not be received in a very positive fashion, and it is certainly not necessary–just learn by it. Try to analyze various situations throughout your tour of duty. Give yourself quizzes by asking yourself:

·                             If you were the sergeant, how would you explain the situation to the lieutenant?

·                             How would you handle various situations with the resources available to you at the time?

·                             How would you handle a disgruntled employee?

·                             Would you recommend discipline? If so, how much?

With this mental attitude, you will begin to feel like a sergeant. Suddenly your attitude will change and you will look at various things in a different light, which will give you an advantage over your competition. You will develop the feeling of a supervisor, rather than that of a police officer. Use this analysis with any rank you wish to attain. This mindset has to feel good, you have to feel comfortable with it, and it has to become your clothing. In other words, you have to own it!

Now that you feel better about yourself because you are becoming physically fit and developing a strong positive mental attitude, you will become more confident with the process. With your stripes or bars posted on your bathroom mirror in the morning and your observations of your supervisors’ actions in mind, you begin to think, “I can do this job just as well as they can, if not better. So, what’s the big deal?”

Well, we’ve only just begun to crack that nut. In many ways, you are far ahead of your competition, but you still have a long way to go. Again, this is just the initial phase to get yourself into a mindset as to why you want this promotion and the best way to achieve it.

The reason I mention not becoming too sure of yourself is because of a personal situation that occurred many years ago, when I was first testing for a sergeant position. At the time, people were telling me that I was ready to be the next sergeant, and there was no doubt that I would make it. I thanked them and continued to prepare for the written exam. I was reviewing the sergeants’ test questions from the Davis Company Handbook and was feeling pretty good about the process. But I kept hearing over and over again that I was the heir apparent for the sergeant’s position, so pretty soon I started to believe it. I just knew that I was going to be the next sergeant, so I let up on my preparation because I had it in the bag! (You can see where I’m going with this, right?) I took my first ever sergeants’ written exam, and was pretty sure that I passed and would be the new sergeant. But when the results were published, I found out that I had failed the written with a score of 69% (and I needed 70% to pass)! Wow, what a blow! What was really strange was that all of those people who were hawking my virtues were suddenly absent from my world. I was standing alone and totally embarrassed because I thought — no, I knew –I had this position “in the bag.”

After a couple of days of feeling sorry for myself, I reexamined the process I utilized for obtaining this position, and determined that I had done it entirely wrong. I listened to everyone else, rather than myself. I stopped trying so hard, because I knew the position was mine. I didn’t make the sacrifices necessary for the position. I felt that, because I was Elvin G. Miali, they would hand me those stripes without hesitation. From listening to everyone around me, I felt I was bigger than the game itself, and there was no way I could fail. If you ever want to fail miserably, then follow this pattern and you can join me in being one big un-promoted jerk!

I truly believe that you must always look for the positive in every negative situation, which is exactly what I did. Although I didn’t realize it at the time, my inability to pass the written examination was a blessing in disguise and really changed the direction of my law enforcement career. After whipping myself for a couple of days, I made a new goal that I would always place number ONE in every future promotional examination, which would require much more efficient study habits and far better research on every case or issue that would be representative of recent trends.

For example, today, I would learn more about the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) or the Police Officers’ Bill of Rights, or whatever else is in vogue at the time of the exam.

In the situation just described, I interviewed everyone that could assist me in achieving my goals, and attempted to prepare myself for every situation that could possibly occur during the testing process–all of which helped me to become mentally tough. Rather than being afraid of the upcoming competition, I looked forward to it. I had prepared to the best of my ability, and was ready to demonstrate why I should be chosen for the position. This was a pretty lofty goal, but it worked for me. It doesn’t mean that they always selected me for the position, but at least I made their decision very difficult.

Some candidates have a very difficult time expressing themselves during an interview. They can take written exams and pass them with flying colors, but they freeze up on a face-to-face interview outside their normal law enforcement activity. How can you overcome this problem? Well, actually, it is not really a major obstacle, and can be corrected quite easily. There are professional organizations, such as Toastmasters International, that assist individuals who are nervous about speaking in public. There are also speech classes at various colleges that assist you in writing and presenting speeches to audiences large and small. There are many reference books on this subject, such as Never be Nervous Again by Dorothy Sarnoff, which covers techniques for the control of nervousness in communicating situations.

Finally, the approach that really helped me prepare for public speaking and make various presentations was a drama class I took at a junior college. This may sound very funny to you–or, you may ask, “how can that assist me with public speaking?”–but I can assure you, it really helps. First of all, it develops your self-confidence, because you have to act in front of groups of your peers and oftentimes, you may make a fool of yourself. This is not always a bad thing, because you learn to laugh at yourself, which is extremely necessary in order to be successful in life. Additionally, it helps you to learn to project your voice when you are speaking, especially in a small auditorium without the benefit of a microphone.

These activities help you to overcome your fear of being in front of an audience. Basically, we are always acting, one way or another, because the way we act on the job is not necessarily the way we act when we are off duty. We speak differently when we make contacts at work. We don’t talk to our wife, kids, friends, and relatives the same way we would a field contact (at least, I hope you don’t). So, these classes help a potentially shy person (like me) or a person that is nervous in front of audiences, overcome their concerns. My drama class was a lot of fun, and helped me become a more confident speaker, especially when it came to oral board and assessment center exercise presentations. As a side note, the class also assisted me in my fieldwork and improved my interview and interrogation techniques.

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El Miali, a retired chief of police, started his law enforcement career in 1967. In 1986 he was appointed Chief of Police of the Fountain Valley Police Department in Orange County, Ca. He was Police Chief for 17 years, prior to his retirement in 2003. Chief Miali participated in many oral boards and assessment centers and observed how difficult it was for many officers to do well in the promotional process. He wrote a book entitled Unless You’re The Lead Dog, The Scenery Never Changes. Chief Miali knows what the administrators of police agencies want from their candidates, Learn more about Chief Miali and his book through his Lead Dog Promotions web site or contact him by e-mail by clicking on his name above.

Getting Older

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we’re kids? If you’re less than 10 years old, you’re so excited about aging that you think in fractions. How old are you?….”I’m four and a half” ….You’re never 36 and a half….you’re four and a half going on five!

That’s the key. You get into your teens, now they can’t hold you back. You jump to the next number. How old are you? “I’m gonna be 16.” You could be 12, but you’re gonna be 16.

And then the greatest day of your life happens….you become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony….you BECOME 21…YES! But then you turn 30….ooohhh what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk….He TURNED, we had to throw him out. There’s no fun now.

What’s wrong?? What changed?? You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you’re PUSHING 40…stay over there, it’s all slipping away….
So you BECOME 21, you TURN 30, you’re PUSHING 40, you REACH 50, you MAKE IT to 60 …… then you build up so much speed you HIT 70!

After that, it’s a day by day thing. After that, you HIT Wednesday….You get into your 80’s, you HIT lunch. My grandmother won’t even buy green bananas ….it’s an investment you know, and maybe a bad one. It doesn’t end there …. into the 90’s you start going backwards…I was JUST 92…

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again …. “I’m 100 and a half!”

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Fuel Injected Humore

The Top Ten Signs The Pursuit Will Not Be Successful

1. You’re hot on the tail of an Acura NSX, the temperature just dropped to 15 below and it’s been raining for three days.
2. The suspect’s bumper sticker says, “I’m a fuel-injected death-machine.”
3. You’re riding with the new guy, who used his connections at City Hall to get the job despite being legally blind – and he’s driving.
4. You’re chasing a car up the on-ramp of a highway that’s not finished.
5. Two words – explosive diarrhea.
6. They haven’t changed the tires on the cruiser you’re driving since cops used call boxes.
7. Dispatch says the vehicle is registered to someone named Jeff Gordon.
8. Your department has a restrictive pursuit policy limiting chases only to situations where Osama Bin Laden is driving a vehicle loaded with automatic weapons and kidnapped women.
9. The suspect is driving a V8 with nitrous and time-travel capability.
10. In an effort to promote a more eco-friendly police image, your agency has switched to hybrid vehicles that get 140 miles to the gallon and top out at 45 mph.

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