Statement of Purpose
"Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors." - African proverb
We find ourselves in the middle of a storm in this country, a tempest, to be sure. The seas are especially rough for law enforcement departments and the relationship we have with our communities. If police departments continue with business as usual, choosing to drop our sails and wait out the storm, the results will be catastrophic; a future of growing mistrust. Tomorrow's Chiefs of Police must build partnerships, communicate openly and honestly, and promote transparent collaboration with the community, if we are to transform our relationships and navigate forward together towards a clearer horizon.
My experience in the Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership program at the University of San Diego has helped transform me into the right person to lead the department. Weekly assignments and discussion board interactions have challenged preconceived notions of what successful law enforcement leadership and community collaboration looks like in the 21st century. A supportive crew of professors, staff, and, perhaps most importantly, fellow students have helped me hone the skills needed to lead a police department through the turbulent waters ahead.
The work shown in this portfolio represents eighteen months of my most ardent professional development. I selected the documents provided herein as shining examples of the tenets of my professional ethics, and they serve as milestones along my path. As my journey continues, the four learning outcomes, on the basis of which this portfolio is organized, continue to refine and reinforce the five core values I developed and use every day as a Major in the Honolulu Police Department: Integrity, Collaboration, Accountability, Leadership, and Innovation.