Outstanding In Your Face and Much Needed Book Policing and It's Leaders Can Learn From

travis yates

Truth, spoken in "The Courageous Police Leader: A Survival Guide for Combating Cowards, Chaos, and Lies" in such a candid way, that not many in the police profession are willing too. The author, Travis Yates I have never met but I have followed his work for years. Frankly I like the way he thinks and how he explains himself. He is direct and candid. His honesty may tick off some, but for me it it sparks reflection on the the old biblical passage "The truth shall set you Free" and in my thinking make policing a free society more effective, fair and impartial.

"The law enforcement profession is in crisis—and the blame lies with cowardly police leaders, political “reformers,” and social justice “warriors,” and all the chaos they create. The job is tough enough. Yet cowardly police leaders have made things worse—far worse. From blindly following political agendas, to making absurd policy revisions, to appeasing the shouting few without credibility or expertise to make demands, it’s a wonder that anyone shows up for duty anymore. Yet when they do, far too many law enforcement professionals waste valuable time and energy dealing with infighting, instead of crime-fighting. This must stop. But it’s going to take a lot more Courageous Police Leaders to put a stop to all the nonsense. They’re the ones who stay focused on crime despite all the nonsense and chaos. They’re the ones who stay focused on policing instead of politics. And above all, they’re the ones who sacrifice to serve others, even with their own lives." ~ "The Courageous Police Leader: A Survival Guide for Combating Cowards, Chaos, and Lies" by Travis Yates

This book gets over the head deep into the toxic environment that is police leadership. Be it internal or external politics, fear of the media or just plain cowardliness, police leadership if in a bad place.

When I speak to cops they always tell me that they get more anxiety and stress from internal and seeming unnecessary foolishness from police administrators who believe leadership is covering their ass! or disciplining officers for what I call boot camp (academy) bullshit like; not wearing a hat or a tie while chasing a suspect or trying top save lives at an accident scene, failure to push a roll call chair back under the desk, spelling 'there" when it should have been "their" and other foolishness that absolutely means nothing in the name of discipline, protecting and serving, or in developing people to become more effective cops.

Yes there are rules and regulations, policy and procedures but they must be used and influenced as they were meant to be, as guidelines to accomplishing tough police missions that are always complex and often times very dangerous. Cowardly leaders all too often teach their cops policy and procedures are guidelines, meant to be augmented by individual initiative, until that initiative creates a complaint from a citizen or politician. Then suddenly what is meant to be a guild-line instantly becomes etched in stone, dogma and used to punish and scar a good cops record.  The cowardly leaders who run from leading leave the public to wonder, guess and question policing methods, while at the same time have their cops confused and bewildered as to what is reasonable action. We have seen this over the years culminate in inaction on behalf of police as they wait being told what to do. If cowardly leaders want to be risk averse...their cops will become risk averse. They will do what they told to do and only what they are told to do. A sad state of affairs.  But Yates recognized that policing has made great inroads over the years:

"Ever since the city of Boston established the first professional police department back in 1838, the law enforcement profession has been making progress. Granted, there have been plenty of misdeeds, plenty of embarrassing instances of misconduct, and plenty of rough patches. But overall, the law enforcement profession has evolved for the better in the past two centuries. Personally speaking, the profession has made tremendous progress since my grandfather-in-law became a police officer back in 1940. It’s come a long way since my father started his law enforcement career in 1972. And it’s improved considerably since I joined the ranks in 1993. Whether it’s better training, safer equipment, or the evolution of case law to better protect the rights of citizens, law enforcement has been heading in the right direction. In the last decade, however, the profession has become stuck in a downward spiral."  ~"The Courageous Police Leader: A Survival Guide for Combating Cowards, Chaos, and Lies" by Travis Yates

This book talks about all this and more and is so refreshing to see because for far too long policing cowardly leaders have fooled the public and their cops. This book does this with direct, candid, eyeopening and yes respectful way.

I highly recommend it not just for cops but to the public citizenry as well.

Stay oriented!

Fred