Professor Michael Scott asserts that strategic planning, forecasting the future with any precision, is virtually impossible. Significant social change, for example, happens incrementally. Tomorrow’s policing will likely look much the same as today’s, even while significant transitions are taking place. What Scott does suggest to leaders are ways to keep themselves informed about public policies, science and technology, demographics and the like. In addition, the best way to be ready for the future is to develop an adaptive organization and a flexible workforce.
Michael Scott, Professor, Arizona State University’s School of Criminology & Criminal Justice