Cities continue to pay out big bucks when officer misconduct goes unreported. Agencies hate getting highlighted in the news for misconduct, harassment, bullying, or excessive use-of-force, yet we see it daily. Changing the narrative starts here.
Sweeping Misconduct under the rug, effects everyone in the Community
Agencies are filled with dedicated, brave, compassionate public service professionals, who love their department. Most follow the proper protocols, and adhere to their agency’s standard operating procedures, while building trust in their respected communities for whom they serve.
Public servants know who within their ranks are the unprofessional and often toxic employees. The oath to serve also means a ‘Duty-to-Report’ Misconduct.
Misconduct typically starts inside a public service department through gossiping, rumors, and negative banter. Especially when it is allowed throughout all ranks, including leadership.
There are some employees that instead of addressing the matter, think it’s easier to take a blind eye and look the other way.
Taking a blind eye to toxic behavior, can cost a city millions of dollars in lawsuits.
Encourage your Leaders to step-up and put a stop to the negative banter. Doing so will increase the level of a Professional Workplace Culture.
6 Signs of Unprofessional Behavior – Toxic Employees
- Negative opinions (meetings, emails, texts)
- They ramp up calls, make situations worse
- Known issues – Hot Buttons, Displays Bias’s, or is Quick to Judge
- Use of profanity, in the agency and out
- Negative banter – spreads rumors and gossip
- Crab Bucket Mentality– “If I can’t have it, no one can!”
Agencies across America are taking a pledge on reporting misconduct!
Employee professional workplace culture should include;
- Department-wide standard procedures on professional workplace
- In-service training on professional workplace culture
- Mindfulness techniques Training with emotional intelligence tools
- Protocols for proper employee behavior
- Address displays of unprofessional behavior
- Diffuse abuse of power – arrests due to bias-nature, or hot buttons
- Create Duty to Intervene protocols
In today’s policing, executives are realizing they have a duty to report misconduct and uphold their Professional Workplace with good Training. This builds department morale, and breaks down barriers for improved community policing.
Change always starts at the top.
About RITE Officer Training
RITE Academy provides Professional Workplace Culture Training that includes take away tools to help improve communication, and address misconduct. RITE tools provide an accountability needed to reinforce the professional workplace culture, that the police executives can expect within the agency.
The RITE Ladder Tool teaches EI & SI that builds Career resiliency, improves Department morale, helps Professional workplace culture and reduces police misconduct to mitigate risk.
NEXT Training is January 2023 – LINK to Register