Editor’s Note: Because the language in the Brady-Giglio policy references law enforcement agencies and police officers specifically,those terms have been used throughout this article for consistency. However,it is important to note that the Brady-Giglio policy encompasses those who work in all areas of law enforcement,and as such,is applicable to all corrections staff/officials working in jails and prisons as well.
A headline like “Jail Fails to Comply with PREA”1 is not uncommon to read in the daily news. Unfortunately,some information being put out by various organizations is misrepresented on PREA and has caused confusion among our jails. Perhaps worse,they have negatively altered public perception of the Sheriff’s office and jails (After all,if you aren’t DOJ PREA compliant,you must not care about protecting the inmates from rape,right?)
What is intellectual property? How should you protect it and why? These are questions to have us think about the importance of protecting what is most important to us as law enforcement,detention agencies,and our associations,particularly what is developed to assist those we serve internally. Plagiarism may be the most sincere form of flattery,but in many cases it’s also illegal and sometimes creates a liability for the user.
We left off at the end of Servant Leadership: What It Is and Why It Matters to Your Future with,“Become a successful steward to those entrusted to your care. Seek out alternatives to the status quo and always question to see if there is a better way. Don’t ever stop learning how to develop new opportunities for yourself and for others within your organization.” Let’s take that to another level.