Being a police officer is a dangerous job. The officer's family members worry every day that she or he will be safe while on duty. A police officer's retirement party is a happier occasion than any other professional retirement: not only has the officer concluded a successful career, but the officer has also survived--it is a lucky day, since police officers do put their lives on the line every day. We celebrate National Law Enforcement Week every May to honor the work of law enforcement officers and to honor the sacrifices of officers who have fallen in the line of duty in the previous year. GPO would like to honor the day as well, by discussing two recent titles that deal with the dangerous careers of law enforcement officials.
To learn more about the dangerous careers of law enforcement officers, read Police Leadership Challenges in a Changing World and 2011: The FBI Story. The former title discusses the difficult issues relating to integrating a new generation of recruits into the force of established officers. Traditionally, police organizations foster a "paramilitary culture and industrial-type bureaucracy". Younger officers come from a generation used to a more dynamic environment, in part due to their experiences of growing up in the Web generation. Police management staff will need to learn to adjust to these different experiences of the younger recruits and learn how to exploit their skill set and strengths for the organization. Communication and a tight-knit team are key requirements for successful police work. Police leaders will have considerable issues that they can turn into significant resources with some thoughtful adaptation of older and younger officers' working styles.