The Three Models of Policing / Leadership

There are three basic models of policing that correlate with Stephen Covey’s stages of leadership and personal development: Dependence, Independence, and Interdependence. Join me as we look at the differences between Reactive, Proactive, and Coactive Policing and how they relate to accomplishing the police mission.

Reactive Policing = “Y’all call and we come…”

Proactive Policing = “Water and Fertilizer”

Coactive Policing = “Community Policing on Steroids”

7 thoughts on “The Three Models of Policing / Leadership

    • Unfortunately there is not a lot of coactivity going on here at this stage. We are in such a war mode and there is so much corruption that it is hard for these men to build relationships. The Afghan National Police (ANP) are very much on the front lines of this battle and take far more casualties than the Afghan National Army (ANA) — about a 5:1 ratio. Hopefully, we will see a transition from Reactive and Proactive Policing into a Coactive mode soon. But beyond that, I am really not free to talk much about the specifics of what is going on here due to the sensitivity of the mission…

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  4. Our Sheriff’s Office left the strategy of Community Policing on Sept. 11, 2001 and like many other agencies started focusing our attention on Homeland Security where the grant money was available. We formed SWAT Teams, Regional Dive Team, Regional Boat Team and joined the Regional Domestic Security Task Force. Quite simply, and without excuse we left our people who trusted us (fuel) standing on the sidewalks of their communities wondering “where did they go and why did they leave us”.

    My Sheriff asked me to re-connect Law Enforcement and the Community. Honestly, this is not an easy task but an important one. It’s like putting Humpty Dumpty back together again. While we can do it, the scars or fracture marks are there and I am determined to at least ease them if I can’t erase them. I purchased “Community Policing” by Miller and Hess and began retraining our Deputies to Community Policing. I quite frankly stumbled across your book and website in a search for “Coactive Policing”.

    Your information is not just helpful, it’s going to be foundational study for the future of this agency.

    Major Maurice Langston
    Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office

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