Due to the nature, visibility, and impact of law enforcement services in our society, the occupation is highly scrutinized. The demands on personnel and leadership to meet increasing public expectations can be tough at times.
As a result of this complex and dynamic landscape, modern day officers need more than tactical expertise and an old, autocratic style to succeed. Because of the rapid and ever-changing dynamics of the profession, law enforcement officers may require more than just task competencies or technical know-how.
Officers possessing a particular blend of skills, competencies, and traits are more likely to be successful. Law enforcement officers need to develop healthy relationships and manage conflict while achieving productive goals. To achieve their goals, law enforcement officers need skills to build, maintain, and strengthen alliances and partnerships, both within and outside an organization.
Effective law enforcement officers need to maintain the respect and support of not only the rank and file but also the community at large, to do this they need emotional intelligence.