'Lions led by donkeys?' A personal perspective on the reality of police leadership

Policing is a complex leadership environment which operates in a hostile political and media arena. The public have a right to expect that police leaders have the ability to keep communities safe and will deliver a value led and ethical service which addresses the threats within our diverse communities whilst spending public money wisely. But how does a police leader deliver a service that is responsive to their communities in the face of a complex governance and inspection regime which can at times offer a perverse incentive to focus on targets and not the threats, harm and risks that face our citizens?

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