Book Review - Police Chief: How to Attain and Succeed in this Critical Position

By Daniel S. McDevitt and Mark W. Field; Reviewed by Thomas E. Engells, CPP, CPM

Can a book about obtaining the position of police chief and then successfully performing as one be of professional interest to security professionals? In this instance, the answer is a qualified yes. The number of commonalities between public policing and private security justifies a continuing interest in this topic. In an age of public-private partnerships, it’s in everyone’s best interests to fully understand the pressures and dynamics faced by each side.

This book is unique in approach as well as design. The authors, both experienced and qualified police chiefs, wrote the book’s 12 chapters independently and then collaborated on the final published version. Such an approach could give rise to continuity issues, but the book sidesteps such problems for the most part.

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