“Discussions Matter to Law Enforcement” is a Guide and Workbook for Law Enforcement Officials Committed to Changing the Status Quo.  The Workbook is divided into 5 Topics designed to engage members of Police agencies in discussions that matter, toward impacting positive change.  Discussions occur during small group meetings, preceded by rsherril-discussionsmatter-cov3review of content which includes such areas of focus as: implicit & explicit bias, police legitimacy, procedural fairness, values based performance, community engagement and more.

Discussions are facilitated by a law enforcement leader or member of your human resources or training department.  A Facilitator Guide supports successful engagement, as well as templates and resources to help develop and sustain positive change in relationships, performance and behaviors.

A Discussions Matter Community Companion is available to help citizens understand their role in supporting and contributing to positive change.

See the Facilitator Resources section to access the Workbook, eLearning and Facilitator Guide!  You will definitely want your agency and community to get involved in Discussions that Matter!!

Aside  —  Posted: August 23, 2016 in Discussions Matter to Law Enforcement

I am SO PROUD to support the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards & Training (IADLEST) 2017 conference May 21-24, 2017! If you attend, look for Discussions Matter information in your bag! All attending, have a great conference and valuable discussions, because DISCUSSIONS MATTER!



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Thank you for recent inquiries! As you’ll hear in my video “I’m Excited”! 🙂​


cropped-discussions.jpgOftentimes, we are so busy “doing”, that we neglect discussions that could improve our effectiveness in WHAT we are doing. Unfortunately, this results in reactive actions, versus taking the time to invest in improvement before issues occur. Discussions Matter training is a preventive solution – think of annual visits to your physician. It’s important that you take care of your health before symptoms arise, right? It’s also important to engage in important discussions before you are faced with making difficult decisions. Discussions are only beneficial if they breed positive outcomes; that is why there are Discussions Matter tools and resources designed to move discussions to action.

One Topic in Discussions Matter to Law Enforcement, engages members in a dialogue focused on Demonstrating Values-Based Performance. The first question is, what does that mean? And that’s where it starts! How can I demonstrate performance without very clear expectations? What are your agency’s values and do you have any challenges attempting to align your performance with those expectations? Perhaps the response is a resounding yes, perhaps it is a collective no, OR maybe there are conflicting responses. Without being in a room, with your peers, having the discussion, who knows? You align through understanding, and you understand through discussions. Not just ANY discussion – but those that result in action.

If you’re prepared to engage in Discussions that Matter, visit http://www.discussionsmatter.com today for more information!

tshirtI recently ran a t-shirt promotion, and several of my supporters participated by purchasing a shirt or two!  I am thankful to know that others will be exposed to Discussions Matter as they see the t-shirt and inquire with the wearer, “what is Discussions Matter”?  If you are approached by someone asking that question, I want to make sure you are prepared to speak in ‘elevator‘ terms.

You’ve probably heard the phrase “elevator speech” in the past.  This means that you spend about 30 seconds, or less, informing a person or group about a particular topic.  30 seconds is proposed as the time it may take to ride an elevator from the bottom to the top of a building.  Think about getting on the elevator with the President of the United States and you have to summarize all of your thoughts into 30 seconds…you need the elevator speech.  Have it ready…just in case ;-).

Allow me to help you with the Discussions Matter elevator speech!  It’s one that I’ve repeated many times while working on the Discussions Matter materials.

Inquirer:  Hey, cool shirt.  Discussions Matter. What does it mean?

Potential Elevator Speech:  Glad you asked! Discussions Matter is a process designed to engage law enforcement in discussions, that result in positive change for them and our communities being served.  Honestly, discussions matter regardless of the topic, right?  You can check out http://www.discussionsmatter.com for more information.  Thanks for asking! (exit elevator)

This exchange won’t necessarily occur on an elevator, but can be used in any situation. If you have less than 30 seconds, the quick response is: It means discussions matter to law enforcement and our communities.  Do you agree? Check out http://www.discussionsmatter.com.  

Thank you to those who already purchased shirts!  I will run another promotion this summer, and if you are attending the IACP Conference in Philadelphia, stop by my booth for an opportunity to pick up one!

To learn more about the Discussions Matter Guide & Workbook and training materials access this LINK.

Go forth and engage in Discussions that Matter!




Leadership is about Relationships, not Authority – is a repetitive theme in my Discussions Matter to Law Enforcement Guide & Workbook.  But what does that mean?  The foundation of leadership – in any occupation – is establishing and building relationships that lead to trust and desired followership behaviors.  Those relationships are developed with communities in advance of calls to action.  The motto, “To Protect and to Serve”, was established in February, 1955, within the Los Angeles Police Department.  The motto has often been modified to “To Serve and Protect”, placing priority on service.  The core of that service is in developing relationships with those being served and protected.  Agencies around the world have established programs targeted to build those relationships.

Chief DancingThe Detroit Police Department (DPD), and 4 others, are highlighted in my book, as modeling the behaviors aligned with changing the status quo.  Chief Craig, of the DPD, and members, are extremely visible within the community, both physically and through effective leverage of social media.  They hold community events representing all age groups, ethnicities, races, sexual orientation, socioeconomic statuses, and other diverse community characteristics.  Chief Craig LEADS and is highly visible.  I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and while there have been many challenges and stories – that are not all good – I am proud of the DPD, Chief Craig, and the community relationships being built.  When incidents occur involving the DPD, the relationships are apparent, as the community rallies behind them.  Chief Craig immediately addresses issues through media, getting in front of the rumor mill.  While authority is definitely required in policing, the relationships build respect and alliance.

Good job, Chief Craig and the Detroit Police Department!

The DPD is only one example of how leadership is being used to develop relationships.  What is your Chief/Agency doing that is unique and effective?  We need far more stories of success than those of failure – which the media continuously uses to divide relationships.  Share your story!! I’d love to hear them, share them and feature them!

*Engage members in Discussions that Matter! LINK to purchase the Guide & Workbook. LINK to purchase the Facilitator Guide.