Every forensic science professional is a leader. Our society relies on the credibility and fairness of the criminal justice system. Forensic scientists play an important and fundamental role in the criminal justice community and are key to keeping our communities safe.
The National Institute of Justice, through its Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (Award 2016-MU-DX-K110) and in partnership with the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, is therefore proud to provide these leadership modules to introduce leadership concepts to the forensic scientist. Highly functioning leaders are essential to operational excellence, process and analytical reliability, workforce competency, efficiency, implementation of technologies and best practices, and overall quality in the laboratory.
This module covers Generations—the differences among various age cohorts in the work place. These differences may relate to work expectations, loyalty, attitudes toward authority, and much more. Of course, every person is an individual with their own perspective, but taking into account their generational outlook may improve your ability to work with and understand your colleagues.
This module focuses on cultural diversity and its importance to leadership, particularly in the forensic science community. Forensic scientists have a culture all their own. Perhaps, you entered the field because of an interest in crime and justice. Or you like science or a particular branch of science. Chances are that you work with people with an outlook and background much like your own. It is important that we recognize that diversity can contribute to the sound practice of forensic science. People are very diverse by nature. We come from different cultures, traditions, races and have widely varying ways of looking at the world. We can use this diversity to challenge our assumptions and grow as professionals every day.
This module provides insight into the opportunities and barriers that are presented to us by the diversity of the human family. It stresses the need to understand the view points of the cultures we serve and the people we work with and to take a journey of self-discovery regarding our biases and perception of these cultures.
This module takes a look at personal leadership and what makes some leaders great and others not so great. It gives you a perspective of what kind of leader they should strive to be and provides examples of strong leadership traits. Pay special attention to the material about the 5 L’s!
What is the moral center at the heart of forensic science? To be worthy of the trust that is placed in them, forensic scientists must be concerned with their role to serve their communities through the equitable administration of justice. This module discusses the elements of the “moral compass,” which is a way to frame and justify one’s work within the public safety community.
This module provides a comprehensive summary of the book “Moral Compass for Law Enforcement Professionals”, a book designed to serve as a moral compass for law enforcement professionals as they navigate the challenges and demands that face them every day. The book provides background on the philosophical underpinnings of the moral compass. The book’s approach has been adapted to the practice of forensic science in this module.
Leadership and Ethics:
Most forensic scientists follow the highest ethical and professional standards in their work. They understand that failures in forensic science erode public confidence in government and the criminal justice system. This module discusses how to approach ethical problems in the forensic laboratory, including historical and hypothetical examples.
Leadership and Change:
Change can be difficult in any organization. Crime laboratories resist change for many reasons, including a reluctance to bring new ideas or techniques into practice that might lead to mistakes. This module gives perspective on how change can benefit organizations and cautions against making changes just for the sake of change. The module also gives strategies to use when implementing necessary changes.
Leadership Principles and Concepts:
This module provides a foundation for how to understand leadership: what it means, what is expected of a leader, types of leaders and how a leader influences others. It includes segments from leaders discussing their approaches to leadership.
Leadership and Power:
The purpose of this module is to discuss the relationship between leadership and power. You may have power based on your position or because of your expertise or behavior as a role model. It is important to be aware of the sources of power in a situation so that you can use them wisely to promote a positive work environment.
Leadership Theories and DISC:
This module introduces you to leadership theories studied over many years to give a better understanding of leadership concepts and practices. This module also gives a clear distinction between leading and managing, as well as introducing you to the DiSC Profile Behavior Pattern Assessment. This might be a good time to try the Leadership Assessments, which can help you understand your leadership and conflict management styles. These assessments are available from the menu bar.
First Line & Mid Level Supervisor:
This module first takes a look at the transitional challenges often faced by first-line supervisors in the forensic laboratory as they take on their new roles and responsibilities. It focuses on the development of new skill sets and interaction with those that they supervise. The module then takes a look at the transitional challenges often faced by Mid-Level Supervisors as they take on their new roles and responsibilities. It focuses on the development of new skill sets and interaction with those that they supervise. It includes important perspective about maintaining an atmosphere of openness and professionalism in the forensic laboratory.
In “Founding Fathers on Leadership, Classic Teamwork in Changing Times”, Donald T. Phillips takes a look at the challenges that the American founding fathers faced as they began the process of establishing a new government and the team work they displayed in order to accomplish their goals in very trying times.
The forensic laboratory is not just a technical organization that produces scientific results. It is also a human organization with relationships and emotions and the joys and frustrations of managing people. Emotional intelligence can help you navigate these aspects of your work, which will only become more important as you advance in your career.
This module introduces some specific approaches to emotional intelligence that have proven successful in many professional organizations. As you read the material, think about people and situations that demonstrate the ideas presented in the module. Keep in mind that emotional intelligence is something that you can develop in yourself. Use this opportunity to learn more about it and how you can develop your interpersonal skills.
Jody Wolf is the Assistant Crime Lab Administrator for the Phoenix Police Department, Crime Laboratory, an ASCLD/LAB-International / ISO 17025 accredited laboratory that employs over 140 technical and support personnel, which provides forensic services to the sixth largest City in the United States with a population of over 1.5 million residents. Over her career, she has worked in both public and private laboratories for more than 20 years. Jody has been employed by the Phoenix Police Department Crime Laboratory for the past 16 years and has served as the Assistant Crime Lab Administrator for the past 10 years. Her responsibilities include operational oversight of the Analytical Services Section, which includes the Forensic Biology/DNA, Evidence Processing, and Toxicology Units. She is an active member of several professional organizations and has been actively involved in the criminal justice community. She currently serves as the as the President of the International Forensic Strategic Alliance and the Past President for the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors. She also serves as the Chair of the Arizona Forensic Science Academy Board and is leading the Maricopa County DANY Multidisciplinary Lab Subcommittee for the development of the Maricopa County Sexual Assault Protocol. She is also a member of the Arizona Forensic Science Advisory Committee, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the American Chemical Society, and the Scottsdale Community College Forensic Science Advisory Board. Jody also serves as an faculty member for Rio Salado College and the University of Phoenix where she teaches fundamental science courses, introduction to technology courses, and graduate courses in business management. Jody received her Bachelors of Science degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and her Masters of Science degree in Chemistry from Arizona State University. She also received her Masters in Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix.
Modules: Generations, Cultural Diversity, Leadership Principles and Concepts
Dr. Terry Anderson holds a Ph.D. in Administration and Management (1992). His doctoral work was supervised by Dr. Robert Marx at the School of Business and Dr. Allen Ivey at the School of Counseling and Consulting at the University of Massachusetts, through Columbia Pacific University. His MA and BA were earned at California State University. Terry recently retired from being a professor of leadership, problem management and communication at the university for 38 years. He has conducted executive coaching and mentoring, organization development, strategic planning, team development, and/or executive leadership development projects for corporate and justice and public safety agencies for over 30 years. In public safety, he has been trusted by executives at Folsom Police, New Westminster Police Service, West Vancouver and Vancouver Police, San Diego Police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Correctional Service of Canada, the LA County Sheriff’s Department and LAPD. He is certified by California POST to facilitate the Executive Team Building Workshop. In the business sector he has done similar work with small businesses, and executives in Fortune 500 firms such as General Telephone and Electric (GTE) and The TORO Company. He is result-oriented and seeks always to move research-based best practices into practice. He is the coauthor of the book, Every Officer is a Leader: Coaching Leadership, Learning and Performance in Justice, Public Safety and Security Organizations, (2012). As Chief Leadership Officer he is an executive member of the Criminal Justice Commission on Credible Leadership Development (CJCCLD), and serves as the lead facilitator and Director on the competency-based project for developing Credible Leadership in police officers at the Los Angeles Police Department.
Modules: Personal Leadership, Practical Emotional Intelligence, Moral Compass
Dean Gialamas is the Division Director (civilian Chief) for the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Technology and Support Division. He leads and manages the Department’s technology services, which includes communications, fleet, information technology, records, biometric identification, forensic sciences, and other law enforcement innovations such as automated license plate reader and body worn camera technology. With over 1,100 sworn and technical personnel and a budget over $248 million, the Division supports the entire Department in the application of science, technology and innovation services to public safety. In this role, he also serves as the Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer for the Department. With experience in both the private and public technology sectors and as former crime lab director in two law enforcement agencies, he has over twenty-six years experience in law enforcement technology with progressively responsible positions in the field. He is an accomplished author, presenter, instructor and innovator in forensic science, crime scene investigations, mass fatality/mass disasters, accreditation, information and law enforcement technology, leadership and management. Director Gialamas is an active member of several professional organizations and has been appointed to several state and federal task forces and workgroups. He still serves on the National Commission on Forensic Science, a collaboration between the US Department of Justice and the National Institute of Standards. He is a founding member of the CA State Sheriff’s Association Information Technology Committee. He is also an enthusiastic, hands-on facilitator, instructor and leadership development consultant. His leadership and visionary guidance has assisted private, government, and non-profit sector organizations ranging from a few to several thousand employees and volunteers. His experience and concentration is in creating customized leadership development, change management and facilitation, strategic planning and succession planning programs for executives, managers and employees. Director Gialamas holds dual majors in Chemistry and Biology from UC Irvine and a Master’s degree in Forensic Science from Cal State Los Angeles. He is a proud graduate of the West Point Leadership & Command Program and remains professionally certified in forensic science by the American Board of Criminalistics.
Modules: Leadership and Ethics, Leadership and Power
is a Deputy Chief with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana, where he oversees the Technical Services Bureau, which includes the Laboratory Services Davison, Communications Division, and Community Relations. He is a court qualified expert in firearm and tool mark examination, bloodstain pattern analysis, and crime scene reconstruction. He has testified in numerous criminal trials and in multiple jurisdictions. Additionally, Tim Scanlan is the Director of Forensic Science for the Criminal Justice Department of Loyola University of New Orleans, where he instructs courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Tim Scanlan is a member of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) Board of Directors and has taught Leadership Communication for the ASCLD Leadership Academy, since its inception in 2013. Tim Scanlan obtained a Master of Science in Forensic Science degree from Florida International University, where his graduate research focused on the corrosive effect of blood on projectiles. He presented the results of this extensive study at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences’ Fifty-seventh meeting and at the International Forensic Science Symposium in Taipei, Taiwan. Tim Scanlan obtained his doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University with a specialization in Homeland Security Policy and Coordination. His dissertation was entitled “Influences of CSI Effect, Daubert Ruling, and NAS Report on Forensic Science Practices”.
Modules: Leadership and Change, First-Line And Mid-Level Supervision
Jeremy Triplett is the drug chemistry supervisor at the Kentucky State Police Central Forensic Laboratory in Frankfort, KY, where he is also served as the drug chemistry technical leader for all six of the Kentucky State Police laboratory branches from 2007 – 2016. He has more than thirteen years of experience in forensic drug chemistry analysis and has testified in local, state and federal courts. As technical leader, Jeremy oversaw training programs, policy and procedure revisions, and internal audits for the Kentucky State Police drug chemistry laboratories, statewide. Jeremy regularly interfaces with policymakers in Kentucky regarding controlled substances issues facing the Commonwealth. In addition to his work with the Kentucky State Police, Jeremy currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD), an organization of crime laboratory directors and managers dedicated to providing excellence in forensic science through leadership and innovation. During his tenure with the ASCLD Board, Jeremy has chaired the Advocacy committee and the Training and Education committee, where he developed a first-of-its-kind forensic management training academy that has enrolled more than 140 students to date. Jeremy served as President of the organization from May 2016 – May 2017. In the fall of 2014, Jeremy was appointed to the Forensic Science Standards Board of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), where he was subsequently elected chairman. OSAC is an initiative sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that seeks to coordinate the development of standards and guidelines to improve the quality and consistency of work in the forensic science community. Jeremy is certified as a Fellow in the area of drug analysis by the American Board of Criminalistics and is a Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He is also a certified technical assessor in drug chemistry for ASCLD/LAB and has participated in several assessments of forensic science laboratories both inside and outside of the United States. Jeremy received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Kentucky and an M.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Florida.
Modules: Leadership Theories and DiSC Styles, Founding Fathers on Leadership
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