After several months on the job the Greenfield police chief has observed a lack of motivation and low morale among a core group of officers. They are resistant to the concept of community policing and just want to be left alone to do “real” police work—arresting crooks. During the previous administration, officers received monthly awards for making the most arrests and writing the most traffic citations.
One of your captains tells you the disgruntled officers are influential in the department’s informal hierarchy. Some are veterans who have taken promotional exams but were never selected. Others never even took the exams. The captain says they are skilled officers who could have been promoted if they had worked harder and better prepared themselves. He thinks their lack of success has left them bitter.
The captain suggests you attempt to implement one community policing project each month for your shift. He suggests that those who do not comply should be progressively disciplined. He thinks the threat of discipline will motivate the disgruntled officers to accept community policing.
As the newly promoted evening shift Sergeant, what changes would you implement to improve morale and increase motivation among your officers not pursuing supervisory positions?