Officer Up!: Creating a Climate for Appropriate Police Behavior

Officer Up!: Creating a Climate for Appropriate Police Behavior

by Tim Tremaine


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Officer Up!: Creating a Climate for Appropriate Police Behavior by Tim Tremaine

OFFICER UP! is an effort to help police officers behave appropriately all the time. The ideas offered can help officers keep from crossing the line of improper conduct. The concepts outlined in this book can assist police supervisors to support proper officer conduct and aid police managers to maintain climates conducive to appropriate police behavior, both inside and outside their organizations. The principles are presented in light of the current political context. The importance of understanding how culture and climate affect police work is discussed. A simple, yet easily remembered program, is detailed that can square up an officer's behavior in an instant. Officer UP! concludes with a conversation about motivating police officers and some recommendations for improving the policing enterprise with the goal of cultivating and maintaining legitimacy within the communities served.

"I found OFFICER UP! to be a current review of police culture and climate in America. It is obvious at this point in our history in America that the police and the citizens we serve have very deep issues and a huge divide on trust that must be bridged. OFFICER UP! is a challenge to the existing police culture to change, to give voice during encounters, and to convey trust. Using LEGiT principles like listening, excellence, generosity along with understanding and properly applying legal, ethical, and transparent procedures should begin a culture change ... if and only if the police culture internalizes it and if the citizens believe them. It is a big task, have no doubt about it. Will it work? Time will tell, but nothing will change if we don't start trying now. To do nothing is not an option."
­-Louie W. Mercer,
Director,School of Emergency Services, Police, Corrections, Fire, EMS, Daytona State College, Daytona Beach, Florida, Police Commander (Retired), Daytona Beach PD

Published by Burkhart Books, Bedford, Texas

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781539493303
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/28/2016
Pages: 100
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.21(d)

About the Author

Sergeant Tim Tremaine's police career began in 1985 with the Arlington Police Department (APD). Tim holds a Master Peace Officer certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. After retiring from APD as a patrolman, he joined the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office as a deputy sheriff. He currently serves Tarrant County as a patrol sergeant. Tim is a distinguished graduate of the School of Police Supervision at the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration in Plano, Texas.

Table of Contents





Introduction xvii

Chapter 1 The Current Political Context 21

Chapter 2 Understanding Culture and Climate 31

Chapter 3 Re-Thinking the Patrol Function 45

Chapter 4 Targeting Appropriate Police Behavior 51

Chapter 5 The Motivation Challenge 69

Chapter 6 Recommendations 75

Conclusion 87

Bibliography 93

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