Expectations of First-Line-Supervisor in Law Enforcement Essay

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Expectations of a First-Line Supervisor in a Law Enforcement Agency
Daniel Parra

Supervision in the Criminal Justice Field
Professor Chavez
May 15, 2013


The first-line supervisor in law enforcement is commonly referred to as a Sergeant. These positions are of great importance to a law enforcement agency. There are many pros and cons to becoming a first-line supervisor. These positions are tasked with the expectation of maintaining a level of balance within the patrol ranks, as well as remaining fair and impartial among those ranks. There are also many expectations of subordinates. In order for both parties to meet these expectations requires a close working relationship.

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A supervisor must remain approachable from their subordinates. With this approachability and accessibility the supervisor will be successful in building a better working relationship. The difficulty with some supervisors is the ability to draw the line between having a personal relationship with their subordinates and a professional relationship. With a close working relationship a supervisor should be able to confront the subordinate and be able to resolve the issue. The resolution may range from simply counseling the subordinate, all the way up to possible disciplinary action.
Approximately 25 percent of all law enforcement disciplinary action is due to drug use. (More & Miller, 2007) Supervisors must remain vigilant on possible drug use. Many supervisors are unwilling to discipline their subordinates, which could ultimately lead to their downfall. When disciplinary action is necessary it is the responsibility of the supervisor to remain fair and impartial. When initiating disciplinary action the supervisor must put aside any personal feelings toward the subordinate, and act solely on a professional level. They must act in the best interest of the subordinate and the department as a whole. It is important that when the disciplinary action is necessary it is done in a constructive manner. When the disciplinary action is constructive it allows the subordinate to accept their mistakes, and learn
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