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Captain Edith Essay

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* Case Study: Captain Edith Strong
* Ron Maniord
* Criminal Justice Administration 474
Managing Criminal Justice Personnel
July 26, 2015
* Lyle Martin
* Case Study: Captain Edith Strong
In this case study, we have a commander of a field operations division with the Rogerville Police Department that has almost two decades in law enforcement She has been assigned to patrol a majority of her career. Captain Strong has a morale issue, officers going out on disability claims, officers leaving the department and officer that are ...view middle of the document...

Having experience in patrol, Captain Strong has to get the division motivated. To do this, she has to be seen by the officers as understanding their plight. The E.R.G theory would be, I believe, applicable.
In the E.R.G theory, Clayton Alderfer, identifies existence needs as things that drive people (officers) as it relates to their "physiological and material well-being" (More, Gennaro, Vito, & Walsh, 2012). The ability to do their job, and not be disciplined for it, would help increase the officers' personal security in the job. It would also make the interesting again. Relatedness needs is another part of Alderfer's theory. The desire to interact with others, work together to a common goal, is necessary for the officers to feel like their work is productive and has meaning. The officers need to be allowed to accomplish goals together (More, et al., 2012). Finally, growth. Alderfer describes this as the way people get a sense of self-worth and a rise in their self-esteem. This part of the theory indicates that people, the officers, will gain some fulfillment from being allowed to do things outside of their "job descriptions."
Empowering officers to conduct complete investigations would accomplish several things the division is in needs.
First, officers currently feel they are not being allowed to complete their investigations. Most officers want to finish things they start if they can. If they feel they are only "creating police reports", and are not being allowed to conduct their own follow-up, then they will start "cutting corners." This will, as it has, create an air of not being a police officer, but a secretary. Just the small thing of allowing an officer follow-up on a simple theft or burglary, as far as the officer can take it, will increase the officer self-esteem and help motivate him or her. Captain Strong has to ensure that supervisors do not "write up" officers for doing law enforcement. If she allows this to occur, then she will be destroying any chance of changing the division.
Additionally, directed patrol for the officers...

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