Assistant Chief Bill Reilly
Bill Reilly retired from the Hartford (CT) Police Department as an Assistant Chief of Police. His promotions in the #1 position to the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant, captain, & assistant chief after oral board and assessment center testing set a precedent for his police department. His law enforcement leadership experience, achieved in part through successful assignments as chief of staff, police academy commander, patrol district commander and bomb squad commander, was supplemented by his participation & graduation from the 213th Session of the FBI National Academy.
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Succeeding as an Assistant Chief

The assistant chiefís position is critical in keeping the police department operating in an aligned manner. As many chiefs have told me, there is a level of isolation that comes with their position. While they may be perceived as the unilateral final voice for all decisions made within the agency, in reality, such is not the case. Chiefs are humans with vulnerabilities; they answer to higher levels within the governmental structure and are often given direction from those forces. Continue

The Sergeant's Oral Board: Preparing to be #1

As an experienced officer, think of your last trip to the firearms range. There was a target for you to hit with a clear x ring, bull's eye, a represented point of perfect performance. The oral board, in many cases, is the exact opposite. It is for that reason, especially at the first-line supervisor level, that you should develop a clear plan of attack for your oral board. Continue

Are You Lieutenant Material?

The lieutenantís rank is generally the first step where manager responsibilities have been added to the job description. As an officer, deputy, or trooper you conquered the challenges of getting the job done; as a sergeant you are responsible for assuring the quality of the work performed by the frontline officers; as a lieutenant you will be facing the business challenges of law enforcement. Continue

The Guide: Your Promotion to Captain

Congratulations, captain. Your promotion will move you from mid-manager to manager. You will wield more authority, supervise more people, and be closer to the top of the organizational chain than ever before. Ideally, you are about to set yourself on a path of multiple successes. How you start will be critical in determining how you succeed. Continue

Confidence and Leadership: Preparing for the Captain's Oral Board

OK, you're testing for captain; expect the gloves to come off. You are not a novice; you have elevated yourself from officer to sergeant to lieutenant. The basics of oral boards are familiar to you; you have been through those challenges and have succeeded. So how can they increase the difficulty for a captain-level candidate? Continue

The Fastest 2x2x2 Drill on the Planet

Well, it might not be…but it sure is one of the fastest bits of shooting I’ve ever seen. [gate] I ran across this video this weekend to pick up some tips on shooting drills and was blown away at how fast Kyle Lamb can push lead through these targets. Kit Up! readers might remember my attempt at this drill last year at ITI and it was pathetic (especially since my boss beat me as well). But Lamb has the money quote in this one where he says “taking out three dudes in ... Full Story