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Police departments used to be some of the most
well organized entities within state and local
governments, and I'm sure some still operate at a
high level of organizational efficiency.  However,
many have succumbed to a new generation of new
ideas which are frequently ill conceived and poorly
implemented.

When you join a police department, you're going to
make your own observations regarding
organizational issues.  Everybody knows how to do
something better, and it's always been that way.  
You won't be any different; however, in your case, a
person in higher authority might actually steal your
observation and implement it as a new idea solely
conceived by that person in higher authority.

There's nothing new about bosses claiming
ownership of ideas originally conceived by the rank
and file.  What is different is the frantic pace by
which new ideas are implemented.  Gone are the
days when a new idea, which could significantly
impact an organization's efficiency, is thoughtfully
debated and reviewed.  This new paradigm of little,
if any, debate and review, combined with little, or
no, consideration for the negative impact of a new
idea being a bad idea, has made your potential for
confusion greater than for police officers who
preceded you.

There really are few new ideas.  Most new ideas are
simply old ones that have been forgotten for any
variety of reasons.  If you're working in a police
department that operates efficiently, you'll notice
that any changes in that department's
organizational structure and systems occur at a
slow and measured pace.  If you join a police
department where changing people, procedures,
and systems occur frequently, you'll feel the impact
of poorly implemented bad ideas.

If you find yourself working in an environment of
constant change, you'll hear supervisors and
commanders frequently turn to Officer Somebody.
You'll know it's bad when a supervisor says to you,
"Have Somebody do that."  Since you won't be able
to find Officer Somebody, you'll end up trying to
complete an unfamiliar and undefined task with little
to no direction.
There's a high probability that you're going to hear
Officer Somebody referred too frequently.  "Get
Somebody to do this -- get Somebody to do that."  
Officer Somebody is an elusive individual, because
you'll never actually meet or see Officer Somebody.
While change has always been -- and always will be
-- inevitable, you're beginning your police career
during an unprecedented period of social and
technological changes.  I had the advantage of
beginning my career in a stable, well managed
organization and ending my career in one that had
been turned upside down and inside out by
constant and radical changes.  While Part 1 seemed
rigid and boring at times, Part 2 was just plain
unpleasant.  

There is a significant possibility that you'll frequently
assume the alias of Officer Somebody.  Since Officer
Somebody rarely receives supervision and guidance,
you'll have to rely on your own sound judgement to
properly complete tasks which may, or may not, be
of any importance, or -- for that matter -- even
remembered by those who assigned them to you.
"Gone are the days when a new idea, which
could significantly impact an organization's
efficiency, is thoughtfully debated and
reviewed." ~Barry M. Baker
Officer
Somebody
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