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Introduction

Introduction from The Discussions Matter Workbook:

This guide has been developed to facilitate discussions that matter.

Well intended law enforcement officials are interested in strengthening the relationships between law enforcement and the community. Situations that have resulted in weakening that bond will only worsen without corrective action, which begins with internal discussions. Those discussions matter.

Sheriffs, Chiefs, Commanders, Majors, Captains, Lieutenants, Sergeants, and those reporting into those roles, are tasked with demonstrating the courage to change the status quo by building trusting relationships with people through personalized recognition, thoughtfulness commitment. This also involves a high level of self-awareness to motivate police officers and administrative staff toward positive transformation.

The dark side of leadership usually poses the most difficult confrontation for leaders required to accept flaws that tend to be buried so far beneath the surface that they are easily forgotten. “As our dark side develops over our lifetime – the results of our unique family origin, traumatic experiences, and the way we processed them – it begins to take on a specific shape”. Engaging in interactive discussions with your peers helps to confront those hidden barriers that inadvertently damage relationships. This is not an attempt to change hearts; this is an attempt to change minds. This is not an exercise in changing how people ‘feel’; this is an exercise in changing how people behave.

Incidents are occurring that have left communities, families and law enforcement officials mourning. Those incidents have also resulted in fear, anger and devastation, with social media driving those emotions to heightened levels unknown in the past. Wounds are opened and reopened without time to heal before another incident occurs and social media flames rise higher and higher.

It’s time for discussions; because Discussions Matter.

This guide will provide a format to engage law enforcement officials in those discussions; however, discussions must result in action to change the status quo.

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