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Modern Police Management, Second Edition

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Richard N. Holden
Date Published
401 pages
This textbook on police management identifies and discusses the many traditional police management practices that are outdated and ineffective, examines the evolving strategies of problem-oriented and community-oriented policing as holding potential for an effective police management model, and focuses on police personnel management as the key to effective police management.
The first chapter, “The Nature of Police Administration,” defines “administration;” distinguishes the features of law enforcement administration; and differentiates traditional police management, problem-oriented police management, and community-oriented policing. Chapter 2, “The Police Mission,” addresses the philosophy of policing, the police function, and values in policing. Leadership and motivation are described in chapter 3, followed by a chapter on authority, power, and conflict in police management. A chapter on “decisionmaking” addresses the decisionmaking process, planning, and budgeting. Chapter 6 features the management function of “organizing,” as it discusses the formal organization, principles of organizing, the informal organization, and effective organizations. Chapter 7 examines the distinctive features of police organization with sections on operations, services, administrative services, and technical services. Another chapter on organization discusses organizational evolution, “bureau pathology,” organizational politics, causes of “bureau pathology,” and curing the “sick” organization. A chapter on “Staffing the Organization” encompasses job analysis, recruiting, selection, and staffing the knowledge-based department. A chapter on labor relations includes sections on the evolution of police unions, collective bargaining, areas of negotiation, and grievance procedures. Policymaking and ethics is discussed in chapter 11, followed by a chapter on training and education, including sections on contemporary training models, training topics, training techniques, training design, and education. Chapter 13, entitled “Organizational Control,” explains how to assess organizational effectiveness and personnel performance, as well as understanding and managing the ineffective employee. The concluding chapter considers the future of police administration. 15 illustrations, 20 tables, and chapter discussion questions and references