MUST READ!!! BLOG CONFESSIONAL: KANSAS CITY POLICE CHIEF FORTÉ CONFRONTS BULLYING WITHIN KCPD!!!
Right now we're witnessing an EPIC bit of personal testimony from KCPD Chief Forté.
To wit . . .
CHECK OUT KCPD CHIEF FORTÉ CONFRONTING THE CONTROVERSIAL TOPIC OF BULLYING WITHIN THE RANKS OF THE KCPD!!!
This could be the most personal and straight forward blog post we've ever seen from a public official in Kansas City.
Workplace bullying needs to be addressed
It's noteworthy that the Chief draws the comparison between bullying and discrimination . . .
"In May of this year, the department's lead attorney from the Office of General Counsel began gathering information regarding internal suits, claims and EEOC charges of discrimination. The information will be reviewed to determine if policy and/or patterns of practices need to be revised.
As I reflect on my 28-year career with this great organization, I can't help but reflect on the many real incidents of bullying. Oftentimes, the bullies were in higher ranks or positions than those who were being bullied. I've witnessed and have been the victim of bullying at KCPD . . .
"There have been incidents in which individuals were cursed out and even threatened, but no actions were taken against the bully. Transfers requests have been lost and denied without explanation. I've witnessed above-average yearly evaluations change to an employee who suddenly can't do anything right in the eyes of his immediate supervisor/commander. Most alarming, oftentimes no one intervened on behalf of the one being bullied. In some cases the bullies garnered the support of others, resulting in group bullying. The result in several cases was civil action being filed with monetary compensation being awarded to the bullied employee.
Although bullying can occur anywhere at any time, it's imperative to address bullying at its onset in a work environment. We must set the tone of non-tolerance, and most importantly, prevent the long-term emotional toll on those who are being bullied."
Here's what seems to be the motivation of the post and a bit of a solution . . .
"I realized I had to share the realities and perception of workplace bullying, especially in a law enforcement environment.
"To the best of my knowledge, this topic has not been broached by any police department, and certainly not by the Kansas City Missouri Police Department. Realizing that it might not resonate well for some, I'll risk stirring the pot because this is a serious issue. But it would be a risk well worth the effort if it positively impacts the manner in which people are treated. Some might ask, "Why shine the light on the problem?" Because we must speak for those who can't speak for themselves!
"Let me be clear, the issue within the KCPD is not systemic or wide-spread. Many of the bullies are no longer associated with the police department. The Kansas City Police Department is composed of courteous, dedicated and servant-minded individuals who have proven their commitment to our city.
"At least on a weekly basis, I stress to my executive-level command staff the importance of ensuring all members of the department be respectful, courteous and fair, and that they immediately intervene if anyone is behaving unprofessionally. "
Undoubtedly, this is a brave stance for the Chief and something we've never seen before . . . What do you think? Is the Chief taking the right approach to confronting the topic of workplace bullying withing the KCPD and workplaces throughout Kansas City?