Organizational Disarray within the Blue Shield Police Department
Kent Ball has just been hired as Police Deputy Chief of the City of Blue Shield, Georgia. The Deputy Chief position is the second highest rank in the Blue Shield Police Department (BSPD) and reports directly to the Chief of Police, Matthew Mills. The Deputy Chief is usually promoted from the rank of Captain or Commander. However, Chief of Police Mills grew up with Deputy Chief Ball in the nearby city of Babylon, Georgia, so the Chief of Police was able to “pull some strings” that allowed him to present the position to Kent Ball, regardless of him not meeting the minimum rank requirements for the position. Chief of Police Mills informed Deputy Chief Ball that the task of being Deputy Chief would be an arduous task especially because Ball had never experienced being a Captain (he was promoted to Deputy Chief from the rank of Sergeant). Also, Deputy Chief Ball would have to help reorganize the Blue Shield Police Department because his predecessor, Former Deputy Chief Sleaze A. Lot, was not doing an efficient job at the position.
In addition to the assignment of being commanding officer of various organizational bureaus within the Blue Shield Police Department, there may come a time at which Deputy Chief Ball must assume the duties of the Chief of Police in his absence. Other specific duties that Deputy Chief Ball oversees and directs is the activities of patrol officers assigned to the police department; the detectives who investigate major crimes that are committed citywide such as, homicide, robbery, etc.; police officers that are assigned to traffic enforcement and accident investigation cases; human resourcing personnel responsible for the recruitment, promotion, selection, and training. As well as internal organizational duties, Deputy Chief Ball must represent the Department externally within the community. Chief of Police Mills believed that because of the sexual harassment and other unethical behaviors that were exhibited by Former Deputy Chief Sleaze A. Lot, formation of a Community Relations Bureau (CRB) was necessary within the department to promote the department’s missions and goals in order to foster mutual trust between the community and the Department and maintain some transparency. Within his first work week, Deputy Chief Ball recognized a plethora of organizational issues that existed in all Bureaus of the Blue Shield Police Department.
Patrol Officers Bureau
Patrolling police officers face various stressors throughout their day, but a major deficiency identified within the Blue Shield Police Department is the inability of all police officers “walking the beat” to interact with the people of the community effectively. While doing a ride along with a few patrolmen, Deputy Chief Ball identified some issues. In areas such as Blue Shield, Georgia where there is a large majority of non-English speaking minorities, the Blue Shield Police Department has not...