Police reform: Why it’s so tough to get – and keep – the right chief
Police reform can sometimes depend on getting the right police chief. But cities might be churning through them too quickly to create real change.
In his 32-year career in the Miami Police Department, Capt. Delrish Moss served under 11 different police chiefs. He learned something from each one, but when he left to become chief of police in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2016, one piece of advice stood out.
Being a police chief means working on a three-legged table. Politicians are one leg, the community another, and the rank-and-file another.