Policing in America, Chief Shelley Zimmerman on Leadership
Shelley Zimmerman

Policing in America has become more complex than ever before. Police officers are expected to fight crime, act as social workers, troubleshoot challenging situations, deal with mental health issues and most importantly they need to keep citizens safe. Decisions are made in split seconds that can and will impact lives. More than ever before in the history of law enforcement – the industry is under attack. Recruitments are far off the pace, in some cases 25 to 50% off. There are PTSD issues and suicide rates are climbing. Today on Police Radio, we’re going to tackle the key importance of LEADERSHIP IN POLICING with one of the best in the business – Chief Shelley Zimmerman of the SDPD.

San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman talks Police Leadership with host Randy Sutton. Coming up through the ranks in San Diego PD, Shelley Zimmerman is one of the few female top cops of a major United States city. In this riveting interview she talks about how her department handled the unrest at a recent Trump rally, how her department copes with crime, social problems and her personal leadership values. Also during this segment – Randy Sutton gives his “View From The Blue” about the FBI decision not to bring charges against Hillary Clinton and in our “Police Story” segment, the heartbreaking story of being helpless to save a man from a burning car.

“The one thing that is so critical to LEADERSHIP is RESPECT, and the only way that you can have respect is by leading thru INTEGRITY and HONOR,” says Lt. Sutton.

Chief Zimmerman was promoted to Chief of Police on March 4, 2014, and was hired on October 21, 1982, by the San Diego Police Department. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio and is a graduate of The Ohio State University, with a degree in Criminal Justice. She is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, FBINA #241. Chief Zimmerman has worked many of the San Diego Police Department’s patrol commands, with extensive investigative experience. Some of Chief Zimmerman’s prior assignments have included Vice, Narcotics, Internal Affairs, Multi-Cultural Community Relations Office, the Mayor’s Executive Protection Detail, the Narcotics Task Force and the Field Lieutenant position.

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