Applying the Lesson of History to Modern Police Leadership Training

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The Bill Blackwood
Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas


Applying the Lessons of History to
Modern Police Leadership Training


A Leadership White Paper
Submitted in Partial Fulfillment
Required for Graduation from the
Leadership Command College


Kenneth W. Sidenblad

Bee Cave Police Department
Bee Cave, Texas
Date Submitted (month year)


Law enforcement continues to move in the direction of a profession and away from being only a vocation. Police officers of today are better trained and educated than at any time in the past. This demands police leaders be up to the challenge to lead them. Law enforcement leaders must enhance their knowledge and incorporate training ideas in use by other professions. Applying lessons from academic subject material is an important part of leadership development in many professions, and should be emphasized in training future police leaders. This will enable law enforcement leaders to develop as leaders in a profession. One academic subject used in other professions to develop leaders is the study of history. History provides a wealth of material from which valuable insights and examples of leadership may be drawn from. Lessons drawn from history are used by other professions to enhance the quality of leadership within those professions. Leadership lessons from history should be incorporated into modern police leadership training. Material supporting the importance of history as leadership training was found in a variety of sources. Documentation was found in books and on websites which supported the thesis. Artwork and descriptions of curriculum which reinforced this idea were also located. Police officers have much in common with the warrior classes of past civilizations, and perform the…...

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