American policing is experiencing a crisis of confidence, in part due to lacking and disparate professional policing standards. It is essential that criteria used to recruit and retain police officials consider the values and priorities of the communities these individuals serve. To bride this gap, consensus is needed on the role of police in American society, and the traits and characteristics that comprise a model police officer. Vera is working with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) to develop and administer a national survey among police officers, police executives, local government officials and policy makers, and community representatives that will examine the desired role of the police, the qualities a good police officer, and the profile of a successful police executive.