By Dan Montgomery, Chief of Police (Retired)
A good chief of police periodically engages in the same training that his or her troops do. As a 47-year police officer with 26 years as a chief of police (now semi-retired and functioning as a police practices expert), I know how critical it is for the chief to know what the heck is going on at the line level and how important it is to know your people. As a chief, I was actually trained along with my troops in firearms qualifications, PPCT, Taser, PIT, Calibre Press Officer Survival, pursuit driving, in-custody deaths, and excited delirium.
And I enjoyed every minute of it.
The worst thing a chief can do is sit in his or her office and pretend they know what their troops are being trained in and how they are being trained. A chief needs to be a "hands on" type of chief without being a "micro-manager." It's called being involved.