The Teaching Organization: An Idea

Unknown-1Once an organization starts on the path to continuously improve all they do, they will come to see themselves as a learning organization and then as an organization committed to helping others improve; that is, a teaching organization.

Years ago in Madison, we made such a commitment to help other police departments learn what we had learned about community and problem-solving policing, the new leadership, the peaceful handling of protest, crowds, and demonstrations by offering to host visiting delegations of police officers who were also in pursuit of excellence; that is, to become not only a learning organization, but one that teaches what they have learned. (We even hosted police from Europe.)

Our mission statement contained the following, “We are committed to… providing leadership to the police profession.”

This may be your way forward…


  1. Chief, I am so glad I found your page. I am a police officer and a college student currently writing my senior thesis. I am writing it over police education and training. Thank you for provided your thoughts and experience as a resource to everyone.


  2. Hi Chief, Thanks for posting this. I am a police officer and a college student writing my senior thesis on police training. I just discovered your site. I appreciate the content you have posted.


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