Burnout in Blue: Managing the Police Marginal Performer

Burnout in Blue: Managing the Police Marginal Performer

by Hillary Robinette


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This text is a must for all aspiring or serving policy supervisors. It sincerely deals with a problem that has perplexed police union representatives and could go a long way toward easing labor/management confrontations regarding marginal police performance. Robert B. Kliesmet, General President, International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO

Burnout in Blue: Managing The Marginal Police Performer is an important contribution to professional law enforcement. Today, as never before, the volume of crime and the limited resources allocated to provide police services places tremendous demands on our law enforcemtn agecies. This already difficult situation is compounded further by police employees who perform at a marginal level, thus diminishing the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization. The information provided in this book is well researched, insightful, and practical in terms of its application to productive and successful police operations. It is 'must reading' for every police supervisor and manager. Jerald R. Vaugh, Executive Director, International Association of Chiefs of Police

Burnout in Blue confronts the problem of poor police performance and shows police supervisors how to identify and deal effectively with marginal, unresponsive subordinates. Few if any books in the field offer such concrete, practical guidelines for improved police performance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275926885
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/20/1987
Pages: 173
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile: 1250L (what's this?)

About the Author

HILLARY M. ROBINETTE is a Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI. He teaches courses to the FBI National Academy with special interest in police first-line supervisory problems.

Table of Contents


The Police Problem Employee

Problem Analysis: Internal Causes

Problem Analysis: Other Causes

A Diagnostic Model: P = A x M x Rp

Motivation to Change


What to Do? The Alternatives

Managerial Coaching

Managerial Counseling

Dealing with the Unresponsive


Coaching and Counseling Exercises

The Case of the Ramdale Sleeper

Appendix A: The Police Problem Employee Survey Questionnaire

Appendix B: Problem Employee Data



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