Law enforcement is identified to be one of the most stressful professions. But more often than not, what’s keeping our police, corrections and probation officers stressed out isn’t what’s out there on the streets. What makes the job challenging is the internal stuff that they need to deal with inside the organization – and it is what turns bright-eyed bushy-tailed fresh from the Academy recruits into resentful and cynical officers.
An installment of the Police Dynamics webinar series, one of Justice Clearinghouse’s favorites, Ray Nash graces us with his presence as he discusses the process of restoring renegade officers. Ray Nash has a prolific 4-decade law enforcement career where he served on a variety of roles – a dispatcher, patrolman, street supervisor, police chief, and sheriff. He’s been assigned to support the international police reform effort in Afghanistan after retiring. He is now the CEO and founder of Police Dynamics Institute that provides consultancy and training services to both public and private entities on the topic of leadership, organizational, and employee development.
Specifics Ray unpacked on this course include:
- An overview of the Police Dynamics and where the Dynamic of Restoration fits in the series.
- A video that demonstrates the transformation from being eager law enforcement aspirants to jaded employees and how our attitude determines our outcomes.
- Unpacking the path of destruction.
- The faithful spirit that new officers often operate under which is loyal to the authority they’re serving.
- Gaining independence and building a wall of hostility that is easily penetrated by root character flaws of anger, lust, and greed.
- Turning into a wounded spirit that starts blaming others, gets hurt easily and is vulnerable to depression.
- The bitter spirit characterized by anger and jealousy and can turn contagious.
- Rebelling and deliberately seeking to go against the authority.
- The final stage that is unrestorable and impossible to intervene with resulting in destruction and death of relationships.
- A deep dive into the path of restoration that aims to reverse the effects of the path of destruction.
- Overpowering rebelliousness with Responsibility by demonstrating obedience, doing what is expected, and practicing promptness and respectfulness.
- Bitter spirit overcame by the virtue of Self-Control by restraining and managing anger.
- Defeating a wounded spirit with Forgiveness for those who ask for it and even those who do not.
- Utilizing faith to regulate the independent spirit and instead act in congruence with the principles of the organization.
- Correcting the path to destruction through the virtues of Responsibility, Self-Control, Forgiveness, and Faithfulness and dynamics of character.
- An example of how the dynamics of character is implemented.
- The webinar Q&A addressed topics like:
- How to pull a renegade back from the dark side into a faithful spirit.
- Available leaders’ mentorship programs to help restore an agency.
- The methods to implement the Police Dynamics concepts.
Resources Mentioned During Webinar:
- “This was FANTASTIC!!! I love this speaker! He is so down to earth and I love his examples. I would love to hear any other teachings he has. A++” — Christina
- “Good Information, this can apply to law enforcement, code enforcement, and animal control, etc. Enjoyed the presentation.” — Carrie
- “I think it is important that we recognize, within the Law Enforcement community, that these toxic attitudes are universal and contagious so that we can all learn. Thank for hosting this.” — Kenneth
- “The presenter was clearly passionate about the topic & COMPASSIONATE (instead of blaming) towards the people who have sought his help. I would hope such mentors/resources are accessible to all law enforcement who need/want to find their “happy thoughts” again. I appreciated the real-life examples he provided to flesh out the steps/principles/path to restoration. Thank you!” — L
- “He broached a topic that isn’t usually spoken about and can be applicable to many agencies and workplaces.” — Pati
- “All comes down to an individual’s character. It starts with self. A lot of times the work environment can be so hostile due to ineffective leadership. It’s good to be reminded that an individual can make a difference with a positive attitude and more.” — Reina
- “The destruction ladder was great! It out everything in an easy to understand format and gave the processes, bother destruction and restoration clarity.” — Roger
- “Sheriff Ray Nash used some very key phrases that helped me connect with him on more than just topic material; I sensed this just wasn’t a training course, but an attitude of the heart that affects his personal, professional and spiritual self.” — W