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We are all aware of the highly publicized events over the past several years relating to the use of excessive and/or deadly force by police officers in cities across the country that resulted in the deaths of unarmed (and some armed) black men, as well as people with mental health problems and drug addictions.
We also understand that the public and politicians have clamored for an immediate response from law enforcement agencies around the country, to address both the actual (and the perceived increase) of instances of excessive and deadly force against unarmed civilians.
As would be expected, there’s been a parade of so-called experts and companies that are creating, selling, and presenting various training seminars to law enforcement agencies that have not yet been proven to be effective or vetted by qualified third parties for their potential efficacy and sustainability. Read More
What kind of training do you want for your officers and command staff? Are you going to settle for cookie- cutter, off the shelf programs; that are designed from just one, or even two perspectives and disciplines? Are you looking to simply buy the lowest cost training that will allow you to “check the box on XYZ training and move on? Of course, not!
Police officers work in an environment that has changed significantly over the past decade: and the public calls upon its law enforcement officers to handle increasingly dangerous and complex calls, e.g., dealing with people with mental health issues; people whose addictions may cause them to act irrationally and dangerously, and working within communities that have an ever expanding base of cultures and language barriers, to name just a few.
These new and more difficult challenges facing police officers require a higher level of training than ever before. In fact, it’s only in the last year that much of the data necessary to properly align certain training programs with hard data has become possible. That’s why much of the training that has been offered to law enforcement, that wasn’t based on that information, doesn’t meet Maverick’s rigorous standards.
In many cases, when it comes to police training, inadequate training is worse than no training at all: if an officer receives training that bolsters his confidence, but in fact, doesn't provide him with the necessary tools and skills, that’s the quickest path to an officer being injured, or killed, in the line of duty. Many seminars, whether in the corporate world or the police environment, tend not to be remembered by attendees in just a month or two, or in some cases, weeks after they received the instruction.
Maverick’s co-practice directors for Leadership & Strategy, Drs. Mike Weeks and Deirdre Dixon, were featured lecturers at Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department’s Executive Speaker Series. The firm presented their two hour mini-seminar on In Extremis Leadership, pro bono, to CMPD command staff, along with senior staff from other police departments from North and South Carolina. William R. Stark, the firm’s practice leader facilitated the seminar and Q&A.
“An integral part of the Leadership Development Learning Agency Program is the Executive Speaker Series. The objective, through the Leadership Speaker Series, is to feature subject matter experts on a variety of topics to engage and stimulate the thinking of members of the executive staffs of the CMPD and our North Carolina and South Carolina partner police agencies.” – CMPD
Maverick LLC is a global, management consulting firm, offering a broad range of functional practice areas to a wide range of industries. Now in its third decade, the firm is most often engaged by Fortune 500 / 1000 companies and the middle-market; at the C level and by senior management. Now, having recognized a critical market that is underserved, Maverick is expanding its unique engagement methodology, consulting expertise, world class consultants, and training capabilities to Law Enforcement agencies around the country.
Maverick is different in important ways from its competitors, and it believes those differences, including the firm’s superior approach to developing and providing officer training curriculums, as well as the firm’s unique engagement methodology will be recognized by police departments and law enforcement agencies at every level as the best available. As a leader in your department, you seek to provide your officers with the best training possible; to improve community relations, and to ensure that your agency or department is functionally and organizationally best in class.
Maverick is offering its two-hour “lunchinar” presentation titled, In Extremis Leadership to larger agencies’ command staffs, and to smaller departments that can aggregate a minimum of one hundred attendees from the rank of lieutenant to chief, from multiple departments.
In Extremis Leadership, simply put, is how we lead when our lives are under threat of death: and applicable to in extremis conditions, an officer's preception is her reality. As in the corporate world, some CEO’s are great leaders, when the waters are calm. But when storms come up suddenly they can fall apart or become ineffective as leaders, or worse. But when an officer arrives on a scene and is shot at, or there are other real or perceived threats on his life, if he can’t effectively lead under in extremis conditions, his life, and the lives of other officers and citizens could be put in jeopardy.