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Police Criminal Misconduct: Its Effect on Management by the Year 2001

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S E Bonswor
Date Published
96 pages
This futures study examines the effect of police criminal misconduct on California police management practices by the year 2001.
Specific issues addressed in this study are management practices that will be required to identify criminal acts at the early stages, the consequences that civil liability that results from criminal misconduct will have on management, and the impact that external controls of corrupt acts will have on management. Through the use of a nominal group panel and expert interviews, a list of trends and events that affect the issues was developed. Of the trends forecast, three are under internal management control: internal controls and investigations, level of training provided to employees, and level of discipline imposed. The two remaining trends are external forces on management: external controls placed on management and the impact of judicial decisions on management. Events with the highest median forecast of positive impact on the issue were legislation enacted to require agencies to conduct sub-rosa investigation, technology developed to test for absolute truthfulness, and POST establishment of an ethics review board. Policy recommendations address agency-needs evaluation and program implementation. Strategic and transition management plans include generic concepts and implementation systems, a feasible transition management structure, and supporting implementation technologies. Appended forecast data, graphics, interview summaries, 29 notes, and 54-item bibliography