Without a thoughtfully articulated roadmap for the future, the decision process becomes reactionary. Agencies with a carefully constructed strategic plan are able to respond to changing circumstances without compromising guiding principles or sacrificing future goals.
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The Strategic Planning Process
Even the best laid plans can be interrupted or derailed by the unexpected. This is why strategic planning is a process that must be continual.
By collaborating with leadership to establish a vision or set of long term goals, BlueIQ Law Enforcement Consultants work with an agency to develop a unique framework. This new set of parameters allows current and future leaders to make decisions, operate day-to-day, and solve immediate problems with the "big picture" in mind.
The strategic plan is then something that can be modified and evaluated as the cycle is repeated on an annual basis.
We can provide customized packages and documentation to suit the needs of your agency. Strategic Planning is closely linked with several of the other consultant services we offer. Why invest in a strategic plan?
1. Avoid waste. Reactionary decision making often results in resources being allocated with only short-term consequences in mind. Over time, this can manifest itself in "organizational drag" or an overly bureaucratized agency.
2. Document achievements. Agencies that have communities as their allies can easily demonstrate how they are committed to continual improvement, as well as how they have set and achieved goals.
3. Effective decision-making. CEO's, command staff and leadership personnel are empowered to act decisively when a clear framework of expectations is established and agreed upon.
Strategic planning is integral within well-run organizations. Visions and goals that may exist in an abstract way may not become achievable until a roadmap is documented. Working towards these goals and accomplishing them in tangible ways aligns an agency with its community leaders.
What is Accreditation?Accreditation in the context of law enforcement is the status awarded to an agency which has voluntarily submitted to meet a third-party, defined set of professional standards. Those standards may require the following: A comprehensive written directive system that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities of the agency and its employees Reports and analyses to make fact-based and informed management decisions Preparedness to address natural or man-made critical incidents Community relationship-building to improve legitimacy of policing Independent review by subject matter experts Continuous pursuit of excellence through external assessment measures
Why should my agency pursue accreditation?Accreditation encourages excellence while providing tangible and measurable results in achieving that goal. By pursuing accreditation on a state or national level, you can expect many benefits including: 1. Increased support from municipal and government officials. By conforming to objective standards, an accredited agency demonstrates their commitment to excellence, resource management, and service delivery. In turn, this inspires the confidence of government authorities in the agency's ability to efficiently and effectively serve the community. 2. Improved legitimacy in the community.Accreditation programs create opportunities for law enforcement and private citizens to work together to prevent and control challenges in the community and improve dialogue. 3. Reduction in risk, liability, and costs. Accredited agencies may see a decline in legal actions against them and are better able to defend themselves against civil lawsuits if they do arise. Many agencies also report lower costs for liability insurance or even reimbursement of the fees associated with accreditation. 4. Accountability.Accreditation standards make up a proven system that supports high-level decision making, resource allocation, and professional policing.
How can we improve our existing accreditation process?Accreditation should be an asset to an agency, not a burden. BlueIQ consultants help streamline processes within existing accreditation frameworks to reduce workload and improve the effectiveness of an agency's accreditation program. Digital solutions, workflow management, as well as remote support can transform a cumbersome process into a low-effort, high-yield program.
What type of support can BlueIQ provide for our accreditation program?BlueIQ will partner with your agency in launching a new accreditation program or supporting and improving your existing accreditation process. If your agency is interested in becoming accredited, BlueIQ consultants will assist you every step of the way. From determining which accreditation programs meet the needs of your agency, to identifying challenges and gaps, conducting preliminary evaluations and mock assessments, our consultants are experienced and highly skilled. Accreditation is a long term project and we support agencies on a continuing basis. Once a department acheives accredited status, it takes attention and skill to maintain that status - but it should not take away from valuable resources elsewhere. BlueIQ consultants provide remote support, digital mock assessments, on-site training events, hands-on tutoring, process improvement, and much more to ensure that our client agencies are able to retain the status they've worked hard to achieve. Let us know how we can help your Accreditation program today.