4 ways police leaders can motivate officers

July 16 at 13:18

Here are four strategies to foster the professional development of your officers even when you cannot offer them a promotion

One of the biggest misconceptions regarding leadership is that leaders must possess a title; however, this is not the case.

Throughout my law enforcement career, I have witnessed many individuals who possess the innate ability to lead regardless of their position within the organization. These individuals are the ones their shift mates reach out to for advice before contacting a supervisor. These individuals can often be found providing new innovative strategies and techniques via the chain of command to help better their organization. These individuals tend to have the belief that their organization comes before self. Their demeanour reflects these beliefs, which appeals to their peers and sets them apart as natural born leaders.


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Rising leaders want their ideas to be heard, they want to feel vested in the organization that they serve. You would be surprised how taking a few minutes out of your day to listen to the ideas that these individuals have to offer will go a long way in boosting their morale.


While you may not be able to offer these individuals a formal title, you can provide them with opportunities to take on an active role within your station that will not only help your station progress, but it will also let these future leaders know that you value them and that you entrust them to take on additional responsibilities.


Take these leaders under your guidance and provide them with mentorship that will assist them in furthering their law enforcement career. The ultimate compliment to a leader is to have contributed to the success of a mentee and watch them succeed in their careers.


Do not hesitate to let these individuals know that they are valued. It is easy to put out someone’s fire by ignoring this key factor; however, it is nearly impossible to re-ignite someone’s fire to lead in their agency once it is gone.