The importance of following rules and regulations especially as a future law enforcement officer tasked with the upholding the law cannot be over emphasized. Rules and regulations exist in place for a myriad of reasons. Rules establishes a society. Without established rules we would be living in some sort of lawlessness, a society where everyone could just do what they wanted to without having to worry about consequences. Rules also do establish a sense of accountability to one self, to co-cadets, to the neighbors and even to the government. Without rules we would only be a bunch of primitives.
Consistent processes and structure is one of the positive outcomes of having rules and regulations in place. A law enforcement organization will run smoothly, management teams and structures will operate as they are meant to, and mistakes, errors or deviation in the process can be quickly identified, scrutinized and addressed. Adhering to rules and regulations ensures that time and resources are utilized more efficiently. Consistency in practices is also right individually. Knowing what I am responsible for, what’s expected of me, and what I can expect from my command staff and co-cadets.
Another positive outcome of having rules and regulation is the establishing of clear authority. When rules are set, you decide who enforces them. Cadets Employees learn not only the rules but who they are accountable to for their adherence to those rules. This creates an orderly academy and vis-a vis a workplace with clear lines of authority that save supervisors and instructors time determining who enforces the rules.
The importance of being professional in a law enforcement environment is also critical. Respect is increased. It establishes respect for not only authoritative figures, but also the public and fellow cadets. It also helps to limit inappropriate personal conversations, or those which could be considered disrespectful.
In a professional setting conflict is minimized as employees will be less likely to resort to conflict to solve an issue. Professionalism fosters a respectful culture, which should see conflicts be handled in the correct way. Professional employees tend to understand boundaries more clearly, and solve any minor issues in an efficient and respectful approach. Professional behavior also helps staff avoid offending the public when they have a different perspective, as well as offending those from different cultures or backgrounds.
Professionalism must be displayed at all times and to all groups of people. If you display professional behavior to your boss only, your co-workers will start to see that you are not honest, and you are not able to provide appropriate relationships to all that you work with. Professionalism to each group shows your true self, your commitment to the field and your high standards in work and ethics. If you are rude or inappropriate to others, you will not advance in your career and may even lose your job. All people you encounter deserve to be treated professionally.
It is important to know your professionalism is not just displayed to others, but through your work as well. To be successful you need to show a quality work product that you take pride in. Your professionalism to your work can be as simple as correct grammar and consistency in presentation or as complex as your attitude or behavior.
Humility isn’t just about when we’re succeeding. In the same vein of not letting yesterday’s successes define us, we should not let yesterday’s missteps define today, either. Humility is foregoing one’s selfish interests for the betterment of followers or the community that we serve. Allowing yourself to be humble and to express your humility openly allows for others to grow.