An Argument for Smart and Compassionate Policing

I argued strongly in my book, Arrested Development, and in this blog, for intelligent (smart), rational, data-based, controlled and compassionate policing.

In a recent TED talk, Renee Mitchell makes a strong argument for precisely this.

compassionate policingShe tells us that it is time for policing to return to Sir Robert Peel’s original Principles of Policing  (developed in the mid 1800’s) for police to deter crime and disorder while maintaining positive relations with the community — a delicate, but absolutely necessary, balance.

Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, a Master of Business Administration, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, and she was a 2009/2010 Fulbright Police Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge.

Currently, Mitchell is a Jerry Lee Scholar at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge and also a Police Fellow with Police Foundation.

In between all that, she is a police sergeant for the city of Sacramento.

Her talk (see above) was part of the “Defining Today” session at TEDxOxbridge “Timeless Ideas” in Oxford, England on June 1, 2013.

Smart , effective, and compassionate should define today’s modern police officer.



By the way: THE NEW QUALITY LEADERSHIP WORKBOOK FOR POLICE: Improvement and Leadership Methods by me and Sabine Lobitz is now available on line at the eBook store (List Price: $19.95). This was the workbook that transformed a police department and its leadership style. In it, you will learn how to:

  • Identify core values.
  • Develop a bold vision.
  • Work effectively in a team.
  • Lead organizational change.
  • Measure success.
  • Sustain improvements.
  • Become a better leader.
  • Know what to do and when to do it.

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