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I worked in the Illinois Secretary of State Police for over 25 years. Despite the
fact it was a law enforcement agency, it was very political. Good bosses were few
and far between. I ask 2 things from a boss, fairness and respect. In many cases,
politics came first.
One of the reasons I chose police work as a career is because I have an altruistic
side, at least I believe I do. I sincerely wanted to do the right thing during my
career with the state. Often times, I met with resistance from both my bosses and
from the system in which I worked. Higher up decision making was often based on
variables like laziness, political sponsor, political correctness, or complacency.
Good policing, for that matter, good government, should be based on law, ideals,
Send me your comments and anecdotes of “BAD BOSS” experiences.