Breckenridge Police Department morale on mend, chief says
BRECKENRIDGE – The development of a policy manual and opening of lines of communication between employees and supervisors at the Breckenridge Police Department is improving the environment, the chief said.
Chief Rick Holman said the department has “made a lot of progress” since taking a department-wide, two-day training break, in part to address morale concerns among officers.
“It’s important that you allow for a safe environment to address people’s concerns,” Holman said. “As a group, we made commitments and agreements on how to have a more effective workplace, and we’re following through on that.”
In June, the department held a two-day training session that covered organizational commitment and personal responsibility and was intended to highlight what’s working in the department and what’s not. The training session was prompted by a Colorado Mountain College Business Solutions Office report that revealed officers’ concerns.
Although the report drew no conclusions, it reported that officers perceive “the chief’s managerial style creates a significant and insurmountable gulf between himself and personnel, a gulf which disallows effective communication and a healthy working relationship.”
Officers contacted for this story, in general, said things were “OK.”
“Actually, I think things have improved since the two-day training,” said one officer anonymously. The chief “seems to be trying harder to be in touch. We have lost some people recently, but for various reasons – not solely because of management issues. Many of the most unhappy people have moved on and there is a feeling that we have bottomed out and may be on our way up.”
“It all boils down to communication,” Holman said. “Perceptions, attitudes and actions are all based on it. I’ve had the opportunity to work in other organizations, and the things we’re doing are light-years ahead. Our officers are engaged in problem-solving with the community and partnerships aimed at improving the quality of life here.”
Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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