The St Petersburg (FL) police chief search, is now down to 10 semifinalists. The candidates have already submitted their resumes and cover letters. But now, the mayor has asked them to submit a video clip about themselves via YouTube. Good forward thinking. And something this blog has strongly stressed. After all, in this day and age, what would a job search be without a YouTube video?
The videos were first shown to a select group in a series of meetings the mayor had with representatives from the police unions, neighborhood associations, business groups, the NAACP and other civic organizations.
Now they are online for the citizens of St Petersburg to view.
You will note most all the candidates talk about community-oriented policing, safety, crime, etc.
But for me, something is missing. What is it? Creativity? Pzazz? Connection?
If you are a police leader, how would you present yourself? What would your video look like?
I served over 20 years as the chief of police in Madison (WI), four years as chief of the Burnsville (MN) Police Department, and before that as a police officer in Edina (MN) and the City of Minneapolis. I hold graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota and Edgewood College in Madison. I have written many articles over my years as a police leader calling for police improvement (for example, How To Rate Your Local Police, and with my wife, Sabine, Quality Policing: The Madison Experience). After retiring from the police department, I answered a call to ministry, attended seminary, and was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. At the present time, I serve a small church in North Lake (WI), east of Madison. Sabine and I have nine adult children, eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is also a retired police officer and we both continue active lives.
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