I was given the wonderful opportunity to work in direct capacity with Chief Sanders during his service as Chief of Police in Leland. I joined his staff in an awkward role maintaining responsibilities assigned to me in broad technical areas. I went on to work with Chief Sanders for close to, i believe, 7 years.... And what I observed happen from day one til we departed years later, was a professional police department missing a few cards in the deck.. What I observed Chief Sanders do from day one was his embracing of his "new" police department that he had just took command of there recently. He immediately begun the process or learning the department as i was, and began integrating into the department his professionalism, experience, years of working with much bigger agencies, and most of - Common Sense and understanding. Understanding that this is how it is, and this is how "he" see's it though growth, changes, policy creations, education, and many plans for the many changes, some small,some big, that was all ultimately the big plan to get that department right. Right meaning Good people, Good ideas, and most important, wonderful supervision at any level in efforts to guide and educate employees and staff so that they all two grow together into the wonderful plan to get the department right; Because it needed alot of work.... Another vision, uniformity, rules, policies, pride, trainnig, Work ethic, Honesty, strategically hiring, moving, shuffling employees into areas right for them and then helping them succeed with the job responsibilities by always communicating with each of us and always willing to provide to us tools, education, supervision, just so many tools to help us grow, do our job, and make a difference. Which he did. The leland police department was soon being recognized by area departments as a clean, uniformed, and organized department and there was much more to do.. new projects, cars, training, offices, command staff, promotions to encourage officers to do well and grwo and bring someting to your job means someting and do a good job while you're doing it. And last but not lease, the Accountability. Accountability plays a roll in almost every action given, taken, ordered, and so on... But Accountability is also used to lead, account, and sometimes accountability can be mis-understood....That's where most have problems with Accountability and it's because if you do someting right, or do something wrong, you have be be held accountable. This person that is driving the "accountable ship" u could say, is the one person that the accoutability becomes the number one tool.. And with that so, most staff and employees from any organization end up fighting accountability just becuase it has all the power, the answers, the questions, the answers, and generally speaking, some do not like to be held accountable for their actions and in this department they would be NOW. I feel that The Accountable Unit that all staff and employees reported to fault it in a sense, and that is what ulmiately drives poeple out. But it is fair to say, Without Accountability, we have no roof over our entire ogranizational house that we al work under together. Chief Sanders was tough but firm. He was fair but would laugh with you. A career professional in the Air Force and many other departments, earning the most highest law enformcement award in the state and keep going. I miss Chief Sanders. He's a good friend of mine that helped me greatly. Sorry to hear he had to move on, but today, Bravo Chief Sanders, You did a find job and thank you for what you taught me and many officers that came though your door. Forever FRiends.
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