Dr. Ann-Christine Andersson Arntén & Chief of Police Mac Tristan

As the world changes, policing needs to rise to the challenge, and change along with it.

International research implies that Western police forces face similar problems with implementing change, effectiveness, and management. When driving reforms, the expected results are seldom realized. One factor, which stands out and may be the common cause of failure, is leadership.

The way leadership is practiced in the organization influences the largest and most important asset in the police force – its employees. To be able to meet the demands of today, and the future, we need to focus on leadership.

Today police reforms are often led by the same leaders that led the organization before the reforms were implanted. Maybe it’s time to think outside the box – to identify new leadership skills and to engage the largest asset – the employees. It’s time to leave the hierarchical top-down, command-control leadership behind and move in to the future. Only by doing so, we will be able to reach our goals.   

This first film is a shortened version of the lecture Chief of Police Mac Tristan held at the Stockholm Criminology Symposium in June 2014. Chief Tristan talks here about his thoughts on leadership – in theory and in practice.




Chief of Police Mac Tristan (Coppell, Texas, USA) has reorganized two police departments by practicing a new participative leadership style thereby making them more effective and a better place to work.







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