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Jeffrey Brown

I believe one of the biggest leadership challenges today is navigating the negative spin put on nearly every aspect of our performance by the news media and the fallout that follows. You are always one incident away from having a an uninformed talking head questioning our actions. Every decision we make as leaders is going to be scrutinized. Why did we apply the level of force? Why don’t we have more SWAT officers of this demographic? Why aren’t there more or any females on the department or team? Why do we need armor? Why do you need a SWAT team? Why is training so expensive? Just being scrutinized is very difficult, but we as leaders need to be able to step up to the challenge and make decisions we know are going to have us under the spotlight in the center of the three ring circus.