Resource Speaker (00:46)
- Founder/CEO – Police Dynamics Institute
- Sr. VP – Training & Development International Academy of Public Safety
- Director – Sheriff’s Institute for Credible Leadership Development
- Commissioner – National Command and Staff College
- 38+ years law enforcement
- Police Chief x2
- 3‐term Sheriff
- Criminal Justice Adviser US Embassy – Kabul, Afghanistan
- Principles of character and leadership are applicable to any arena you're in, it's universal.
The Dynamic of Virtue (06:00)
- Dynamic is your principle that can be applied to your life, career, agency, etc.
CHARACTER: The inward motivation to do the right thing regardless of the circumstances. And regardless of the costs.
- “Who you are and what you would do when no one else is around.”
- COMPETENCE: The knowledge, skills, and abilities to get the job done well.
- CHARACTER: The inward motivation to do the right thing regardless of the circumstances. And regardless of the costs.
Competence has been emphasized more than a character in the workplace.
- Those who couldn’t pass competency tests are often dismissed.
- Character-based issues and failures aren’t noticed as much.
- Hire for character, train for skills.
Achievement/success is the result of both character and competency.
The law of the harvest
- You reap what you sow.
- You reap it later, and in great abundance.
- Achievement as the fruit on the tree, and character is the seed that produces the fruit.
- Maxim: a basic fundamental truth
- If you focus on achievement to the exclusion of character, you encourage bad character.
- People lie and cheat their way when we put too much emphasis on competency.
- The law of the harvest
Case Study (23:08)
1997, Ray’s first year in office as sheriff, an armored car hijacking
The bad guy jumped in front of the armored vehicle and hijacks it.
- At the back of the vehicle is one million dollars in cash.
- Also, at the back is a 77-year old bank guard, three weeks away from his retirement.
Bank guard pulls out his revolver and shoots the bad guy in an effort to stop the robbery, putting himself at risk as killing the driver will endanger him too.
- Between the bank guard and the hijacker is a heavy gauge ballistic screen designed to stop bullets.
- It did not kill the hijacker but it disoriented him that he abandoned his original plan, and drove into a deserted dirt road.
Hijacker pulled out an assault rifle and returns fire to the bank guard, through the ballistic screen.
- Assault rifle killed the bank guard. But the bank guard is the only one capable of opening the back of the armored van.
- Hijacker shot into the lock which did not give in.
- Hijacker couldn’t open the van, didn’t have a getaway vehicle, and police is on the way.
- Hijacker threw the rifle in a creek, took off his bloody ski mask, and escapes.
Sergeant Asbel of the forensic team processed the crime scene, from the ballistic materials, shells, rifles, and DNA from the blood in the ski mask.
- The hijacker was caught later through investigative efforts, convicted and got death penalty.
- The bad guy jumped in front of the armored vehicle and hijacks it.
In such scenario, conviction is seen the achievement.
If competency is emphasized, law enforcement could lie under oath, falsify documents, planted evidence so they get a conviction.
- “End justifies the means”
Sergeant Asbel was commended not because of the conviction but his character for practicing attentiveness, thoroughness, and diligence.
- Shifting the message from we need to get more convictions to we need more of these characteristics to be successful.
- Commitment to character and truth can even force you to lose a case.
- If competency is emphasized, law enforcement could lie under oath, falsify documents, planted evidence so they get a conviction.
Three Keys to Building a Culture of Character (36:14)
Gain a new vocabulary
Usual praises based on competency
- “Good job”
- “Keep up the good work”
- Start talking about character
- Usual praises based on competency
Make the “character connection”
- Connect the achievement with character qualities
Anticipate the “character test”
Things that pop-up in your life unannounced that tests your character.
- When authority is challenged
- Things that pop-up in your life unannounced that tests your character.
Virtues of a Law Officer (43:32)
- A lexicon of character qualities to recognize and commend.
- Vocabulary to use when dealing with peers, superiors, subordinates, etc.
The Virtues (not exhaustive)
- Demonstrating value by giving undivided concentration to the person or task at hand.
- Meeting your commitments even when it requires extra sacrifice.
- Expressing appreciation for the character, acts, and attitudes of others that have benefited you or the team.
- By recognizing a person’s virtue, you are likewise demonstrating gratitude.
- Helpfulness Honor
- Unwavering devotion to a cause higher than yourself amid difficulty or challenge and without compromising moral excellence.
- Moral Courage
- Positive Attitude
- Situational Awareness
- Earning future trust through the accurate and complete reporting of past events.
NYPD, Credible Leadership Initiative
- A sergeant, near retirement, working for the academy serving as the coordinator of the event.
During the event, asked the attendees to provide virtues that the sergeant demonstrated.
Virtues mentioned by the class included:
- Positive Attitude
- The sergeant was presented the character coin for her virtues, and she broke down with the level of appreciation given by the participants.
- Virtues mentioned by the class included:
- Character connection is a deep connection
- NYPD, Credible Leadership Initiative
How many people are joining this webinar from your logged in location? (02:38)
- Just me 85%
- 2-5 15%
- 6-10 0%
- 11-15 0%
- 16+ 0%
What percentage of your training has been competency-based vs what percentage has been character based?
- About equal, 50/50 16%
- Mostly competency, some character 77%
- What is character-based training? 7%
For questions and clarifications, contact:
Sheriff Ray Nash, ret.
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