As we saw in my recent blogs of New York's CompStat program, police leadership can make a difference in community safety. But what does excellent leadership look like? How about the first female police officer, and police chief, in India - Kiran Bedi! Watch Kiran in her TED.com presentation this month. See it HERE.
Naysayers whine: "Look what happened to her, she didn't last!" Didn't last? For decades she worked on the streets and in the police organization to make things better. How much more can we ask?
Naysayers complain: "But she didn't change Indian society! What is different?" Change India? Even Mahatma Gandhi didn't do that. But he, and she, have made a huge difference.
Naysayers criticize: "The statistics from her prison reforms didn't get better under her rule!" It's important to remember statistics are not always used in the service of honesty.
What is the truth about the first woman police officer in India? Who is this leader? What can she teach us about policing, crime prevention, and being a decent human being?
Always the naysayers. It's easy to listen to their lullaby of cynicism. It's easy to miss the point.
Don't be fooled. Find out for yourself.
Helen Mirren narrated a documentary film about this remarkable woman. See a trailer HERE.
Her autobiography is online HERE.