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Lance Bolinger
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I think one of the largest challenges leaders face in law enforcement today is doing the right thing. Most law enforcement officers who have been around for a while know in their minds what the right course of action is when faced with a challenge. However, there are a lot of competing outside factors that come into play and into the decision making process. For instance, on an armed and barricaded subject the right call may be to deploy chemical munitions into the residence. However, the optics of the use of force, the cost of the house if damaged, and the cost of using chemical munitions all start to creep into the decision making process. A strong leader must know when to tune out the auditory noise, and do what they believe to be right.