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I recently received these comments from a Romanian Police Colleague about the impact Police Dynamics training has had on his career. They are posted as an encouragement to others and to show how character-based principles transcend cultures…
Based on the lessons and discussions with Ray Nash about competence and character, myself and the teams I coordinated have been done the difference in many law enforcement strategies about new approach of fighting crime in former East-European countries, as it can be seen on the internet.
Many of my achievements are due to the training on character and model that Ray Nash was for me. I can say that meeting him transformed me from an average Romanian police officer into a good international law enforcement official. By his training, character, experience and many other personal and professional qualities, I consider him a top international official in law enforcement matters. I will always be proud of meeting and knowing him.
Superintendent Teofil Parasca
Deputy Chief Inspector
Satu Mare County, Romania
It’s always special when I hear from a former deputy. But it is particularly encouraging when they tell me how much our character-based training program meant to them. Here is a lesson from one of my deputies that he told me I could share. With his permission, here is an edited version of his comments…
“I had anger issues and was being led in the wrong direction due to the people I associated with. Even when I first came into law enforcement at (agency). I left there and took a break so I could get rid of the crowd. I then decided to get back into law enforcement when I had a friend get killed in the line of duty. You gave me that opportunity to come back despite the bad references you may have gotten. I started at the Dorchester County Detention Center as a detention officer and was given a second chance in law enforcement. I was amazed with the family-oriented environment. I received more training in my first month than I did in nearly two years at (the other agency). I loved going to character training. It was like a family reunion once a month. I was on the transport team, had a take home car, and made 42k my first year doing that. I was on the dive team. And I had a badge that said “deputy.”
“I learned a lot about ethics, morals and character from you. I still remember walking down the hallway at the Summerville office. I passed by you and I moved far to the right. You stopped me and shook my hand and told me “happy birthday.” That’s a great supervisor. You had probably 300 plus employees and you knew me. The day after (the new sheriff) took over, they lined all the detention officers up and stripped us of our badges. Then a week later took my car, gun, and disbanded the dive team.
You gave me a foundation I should have learned from my father. I learned anger from him. So that caused me to rebel ultimately leading me to the wrong crowd. He did teach me right from wrong. I’ve done some research on early childhood development since I have two daughters of my own now. It says a child learns all of their morals by age 7. So I’m working with my children every day. My oldest is almost two. She says “thank you” and gives hugs and kisses. And says “amen.” Those are foundations.
One thing that really opened my eyes on your Police Dynamics website was the rewards for accomplishment (instead of character). I have been craving for that because being new to the road I’m learning and thats been my way of trying to figure out how I’m doing. I really can see how it (praising for achievement rather than character) could promote poor character decisions.
I just went back through my e-book and am developing “Co-active” police dynamics within the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office. I have a question about the tower of Peace. I embrace the “Character and Competence” issue completely. However, my issue is “Wisdom vs. Knowledge.” Knowledge can be received through training and I’m good with placing it within the competence column. Wisdom to apply knowledge must be factored into this equation in some area. Where do you place it?
I understand that maturity plays an important role in this arena and that character attached to wisdom comes over time and is the ultimate goal. However, all people who have good character do not necessarily have wisdom. I’m not trying to build another column under your tower, but I woke up this morning thinking about this issue when a veteran officer who has character, competence, training, education, but doesn’t always apply his training with “Wisdom.” Suggestions? Where would you include it and why?
Hope you are doing well and you remain safe. I pray for your safety daily. Good luck with the Camels!
Here is my response to the undersheriff’s question:
Thanks for contacting me about your question. You raise an interesting point that caused me to deliberate a bit. While wisdom is defined as one of the 49 character qualities, I tend to agree with you that it may need a special place in the model. The Twin Towers are, of course, an attempt to depict a very complex human principle in a simple 2-dimensional diagram. That being said, I think wisdom may be a component of overall integrity – in other words it is a manifestation of both character and competence.
I do think there is a third tower, but I’m not sure I would call it wisdom. I think there is a third component of overall leadership which is communication – the ability to communicate vision, principles, values, passion, etc. I just haven’t found a way to incorporate it into the training at this point.
Hope all is well in Wakulla County. Wakulla Springs is still one of my most favorite places on the planet. I took my son there when we were travelling through FL before I deployed to Afghanistan two years ago.
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