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Expectations for collaborating with stakeholders and partners.

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Leadership expectations

Police leaders have the skills, knowledge and confidence to lead beyond organisational boundaries and traditional hierarchies. They are effective at developing relationships, partnerships and alliances, both across and outside the police service, to accomplish shared objectives. They seek and understand a variety of perspectives and use this understanding to build effective collaboration with stakeholders and partners.

Stage 1 – everyone as a leader

Everyone as a leader should:

  • understand your role and where the team fits into the organisation
  • be aware of team’s priorities
  • invest in building relationships with colleagues and partners outside your team
  • see the bigger picture, seek to understand underlying causes and think about longer-term impacts
  • seek to understand other people’s positions and views
  • promote the reputation of the police service by acting in a way that demonstrates trust, values and fairness
  • listen to, respect and protect individuals and communities, especially when they are vulnerable

Stage 2 – first-line leaders

First-line leaders should:

  • understand how the wider organisation works in your community and where your team fits into it
  • be aware of strategic priorities and challenges beyond your team
  • invest in building relationships with colleagues and partners outside your team
  • see the bigger picture, seek to understand underlying causes and think about longer-term impacts
  • influence and get buy-in by establishing common ground among stakeholders
  • promote the reputation of the police service by acting in a way that demonstrates trust, values and fairness
  • ensure that colleagues listen to, respect and protect individuals and communities, especially when they are vulnerable

Stage 3 – mid-level leaders

Mid-level leaders should:

  • understand the wider local and national systems in which your organisation and the police service operates, and how your work contributes to strategic projects
  • work across team and organisational boundaries to deliver the highest quality policing for all
  • build partnerships and alliances both across and outside the police service to accomplish shared objectives
  • think strategically to explore and understand underlying causes and issues and seek long-term solutions
  • influence and get buy-in by establishing common ground among stakeholders
  • champion police legitimacy and enhance the reputation of the police service by acting in a way that demonstrates trust, values and fairness
  • ensure that colleagues listen to, respect and protect individuals and communities, especially when they are vulnerable

Stage 4 – senior leaders

Senior leaders should:

  • understand the complexities of the police service and the wider systems in which your organisation operates, both locally and nationally
  • use political acumen to navigate complex environments with conflicting agendas to build trust and deliver policing for all
  • build strategic and collaborative partnerships and alliances both across forces and outside the police service to accomplish shared objectives
  • strategically analyse a wide range of data to understand underlying causes and seek long-term solutions
  • influence and get buy-in by establishing common ground among stakeholders locally, regionally and nationally
  • champion police legitimacy and enhance the reputation of the police service by acting in a way that demonstrates trust, values and fairness
  • be a champion and advocate for vulnerable communities and sections of society in service of safe and inclusive localities

Stage 5 – chief officers and staff

Chief officers and staff should:

  • understand and navigate the complexities of the police service and the local, regional, national and international systems within which it works
  • understand, work within and influence the political environment to build trust, legitimacy and a safe society, where policing is for all
  • build and cultivate strategic and collaborative partnerships and alliances both across forces and outside the police service to accomplish shared objectives
  • strategically analyse a wide range of data, including the wider external environment, to seek long-term solutions
  • influence and get buy-in from a wide range of stakeholders locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
  • champion police legitimacy by actively applying and maintaining the principles of procedural justice in all areas of policing
  • be a champion and advocate for vulnerable communities and sections of society, enabling safe and inclusive localities
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