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Thursday, November 1, 2012

If It Ain't Broke...

Randy Means speaks to a full house.
Randy Means brought up one of my favorite sayings during the recently completed League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust Police Workshops.

For those who don’t know Mr. Means, he is one of the national speakers and consultants in the areas of police leadership, supervision, and risk management. Mr. Means presented to capacity audiences of police administrators recently at workshops in Bloomington and White Bear Lake.

Means was addressing the need to keep police operational policy current—and he got more than a few smiles and head nods when he asked how many departments have policies that are never followed, policies that are followed most of the time, and polices that are always followed.

Means peppered his comments with relevant, true stories that brought his themes to life and demonstrated the relationships of policy, training, supervision, and discipline.

I found myself nodding in agreement when he brought up the phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” About the time my chin went down, Means came right back with: “That’s the perfect time to fix it! Why wait until you are dealing with a problem?” He was referring to proactive risk management and staying ahead of difficulties. Ah-ha, I got the point.

We hope we can bring Randy Means back for additional workshops. The course evaluations and the personal comments we received after the presentations reflected that his message truly resonated with those of you who attended, and you want more.


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Up next time: “Police Driver Fatigue—Some Facts and an Upcoming Webinar”

In the meantime, stay safe and be careful.


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