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PERF Bookstore operations are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. We are working to provide both titles in an e-book format.


Command Performance: Career Guide for Police Executives (Second Edition, 2015) 

Cost: $30
ISBN: 978-1-934485-29-3
Pages: 227

Command Performance:  A Career Guide for Police Executives is PERF’s best-selling book.  The second edition was written by Charlotte Lansinger, PERF’s Executive Search consultant.  Ms. Lansinger has 28 years of experience helping local governments to conduct national searches for police chief candidates.  At the same time, Ms. Lansinger helps police executives to plan their careers and apply for positions as police chiefs.  Chapter titles include:  Becoming a Chief in a Competitive Market; Planning Your Career; Political Influences; Managing the Process; The Resume, Cover Letter, and References; The Interview Process; Projecting the Proper Image; The Follow-Up Interview and Effective Negotiations; Elements of Compensation; Employment Agreements and Contracts; and Advice from the Pros.  Command Performance also includes sample resumes and employment contracts. 


Leadership Matters: Police Chiefs Talk About Their Careers 

Code: 812
Cost: $25
ISBN: 978-1-934485-09-5
Pages: 152

This book is based on interviews with 25 experienced police chiefs regarding the lessons they have learned about performing the job of police chief. The book consists almost entirely of chiefs' quotations about the real-world pitfalls they have encountered, the sources of job satisfaction they have found, and the ways they deal with the stresses of the job. Topics include: preparing for the job of police chief how to decide whether a chief's position in a particular city is a good "fit" for you the challenges involved in applying for a chief's position making the transition to chief developing and empowering your command team working well with your mayor and other "bosses," the community, and your employees the elements of an effective news media strategy stepping up to racial issues the challenges faced by female police chiefs and measures of success.


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