Lt. Mike Reed (ret.), co-owner of Guardian Tracking, retired from the Anderson (IN) Police Department with more than thirty-one years of service. Over twenty of those years included supervising and managing employee performance of police personnel. For several years, Mike was an assessor for the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Mike is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps as well as a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Why GT? (What led you to this path? And what keeps you going?)
GT was Leon’s brainchild. He and I had talked, off and on, about doing something after retirement that would keep us connected to Law Enforcement. We had once considered consulting about policy development, but we could never get really excited about it. Leon called me in the spring of 2007 and proposed the idea of a performance management software. I immediately got excited about the idea. It was such an obvious solution to a problem we had experienced throughout our careers. As we came up through the ranks, we began to understand the value of performance documentation, but realize how bad we were at doing it (inconsistency, lost documentation, etc.). We tried inexpensive systems (3X5 cards, 3-ring binders, Word documents)…nothing seemed to work. We even tried another piece of software, but found it complicated and lacking what we truly needed.
I love what we are doing. I take a great deal of satisfaction in knowing that we are giving back to a profession I love. I never dreamed GT would be this successful; it constantly amazes me. I’m also very proud of the GT family. We have assembled an amazing group of people.
When you’re not working, what can you be found doing?
I’m either spending time with my wife Nancy, our children, or our grandchildren. I also love heading to the golf course any chance I get. I love to read and I also like working outside (yard work, washing cars, etc.)–I find it relaxing.
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” –Abraham Lincoln