Chief Dodd Has All The Tools For Effective Leadership And Crime Prevention

Sunday, April 28, 2013

One of the Mayor’s stated priorities is improved public safety. He has an excellent Chief of Police in place to accomplish that objective. Chief Dodd is almost unique among CPD chiefs in that he has spent considerable time being an effective, street-level police officer and criminal investigator. Many chiefs in the past have had very narrow career tracks and limited “hands-on” police experience. But Chief Dodd knows how to prevent and solve crimes because he has been engaged in authentic, “hands-on”, effective law enforcement for many years.

Admittedly, being a good street-level cop doesn’t ensure success as a police administrator. However, Chief Dodd has a wealth of effective experience in administrative assignments and has achieved each of his promotions through legitimate, rigorous promotional testing. He also has the leadership instincts, intelligence, political tact, and concern for the community to be an effective administrator and public official.

Chief Dodd also understands a long-neglected element of police administration: morale matters. Excellent police leaders know how to combine sound discipline among the members of the force, while “firing-up” those same members to work harder.

“Duty” gives 100 percent effort; “Leadership” gets 110 percent. Chief Dodd knows how to provide true leadership.

 

Kenneth D. Phillips

Chattanooga Police (retired)


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