The Role of the Supervior

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Running Head: THE ROLE OF THE FIRST-LINE SUPERVISOR

The Role of the First-Line Supervisor

Kiyuana Pasley

Supervision in CJ Field/ CJM 306

Instructor, Mike Sullivan

Assignment #1

THE ROLE OF THE FIRST-LINE SUPERVISOR

Abstract

In the field of criminal justice and other careers, there are a group of men and women who are dedicated to their job and receive very little recognition for their hard work, and these are the First Line Supervisors. The first line supervisors are considered the first rung on the supervisory ladder and most often leads to management positions when they become available. It is the first line supervisor’s responsibility to ensure that the agency’s policies are followed by their subordinates’ and that the agency’s procedures for conducting business are adhered to by everyone working on their team. The first line supervisor is the bridge between the management and line staff. They are the people who keep an open line of communication between both groups on a continuous basis.

THE ROLE OF THE FIRST-LINE SUPERVISOR

The Role of the First-Line Supervisor

First line supervisors are the first on the scene and emergency situations. They are the one who takes immediate action. When incidents or accidents occur, the first line supervisors depend on their training, education and experience. First line supervisors must direct his or her subordinates as to what actions they should take. In a law enforcement or correctional situation, the weight and future implication or outcome of the incidents falls upon the shoulders of the first line supervisors. According to Goodwin (2008), for most workers the leadership-building process starts when they become supervisors. Some may get a head start through experience as club officers, team captains, chairpersons, and officers in trade or volunteer organizations, but supervisory jobs are the primary leadership builders.

Changes in the Role of the Supervisor

Whether it is ancient Greece or modern America, a great deal can be learned about a culture through looking at its entertainment. A society’s values and beliefs are often embodied in its popular entertainment (Rhodes, 2001, p. 95). This is certainly true of films in American culture today. Because of the unique dramatic nature of film, movies are an important tool in communicating values and teaching lessons to the masses. Scholars in recent years have begun to see these “slices of culture” as more than just entertainment and have used them as tools in teaching, learning, and researching. One discipline that has begun to incorporate film more into its research and teaching methods is the study of leadership (Islam, 2009, p. 828). According to one researcher of leadership theories; “popular culture provides an

THE ROLE OF THE FIRST-LINE SUPERVISOR

important vehicle by which we can explore such leadership categories” (Islam, 2009, p. 828). Due to the relational aspect of leadership, film is becoming an important method of learning about this discipline; it can portray the “personal dynamics of leadership” in a way that more traditional empirically-based research cannot (Warner, 2007, p. 1).

Mister Roberts & the Canine Mutiny

Mister Roberts and the Canine Mutiny films deal with the complexities of life and leadership on small and rather insignificant ships. Although these kinds of studies are gaining in popularity, there are still few film analyses in regard to leadership in the academic community. One film that seems to have been largely ignored in mainstream leadership studies is John Ford’s 1955 production of Mr. Roberts. This film portrays many aspects of leadership while weaving the tale of a navy supply ship in World War 2. It is valuable in the study of leadership because it is so focused on relationships, the plot is dialogue driven, and character types are utilized. It...
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