Ready for the next rank?

Platt, Claire (2011) Ready for the next rank? MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The HMIC Thematic Inspection “Leading from the front line” (2008) conducted a survey of over four thousand Police Sergeants and found that 59% did not feel prepared for the role.

    This study develops their research. It surveys the existing literature on first line police leadership alongside primary research conducted with officers of Greater Manchester Police (GMP). The primary data is generated through an online questionnaire and a series of interviews with officers, both aspiring to and already performing the role of Sergeant.

    The literature review identified a number of implications of the role from the differentials between transactional and transformational leadership, performance management, effective employee development, and the importance of selecting and promoting the right officers.

    The primary research found a lack of understanding concerning the expectations of the Sergeant role, a lack of self development amongst Constables seeking promotion, and a lack of institutional support for individuals’ career progression. Questions were also raised over the effectiveness of the Technical Skills course, currently taken by temporary Acting Sergeants.

    The research findings were presented to the Chief Constable of GMP, Peter Fahy along with recommendations made on how Greater Manchester Police could ensure that the 808 Constables who are currently qualified for promotion are actually “ready for the next rank.”

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2011 14:50
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:50

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