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Police Administration

This text examines police administration from multiple perspectives: a systems perspective (emphasizing the interrelatedness among units and organizations); a traditional, structural perspective (administrative principles, management functions, and the importance of written guidelines); a human behavioral perspective (the human element in organizations); and a strategic management perspective (communications and information systems, performance evaluation, strategies and tactics, and prevailing and promising approaches to increasing effectiveness of police agencies).

Coverage of management functions and organizational principles is streamlined while providing a stronger emphasis on diversity principles and on developing police agencies as learning organizations. A concluding chapter covers contemporary issues, including community engagement, collaboration, globalization, racial profiling, mass media, cyber crime, terrorism and homeland security.


Students and professionals in the criminal justice field. Also used for law enforcement promotional exams nationwide.

Paperback, 548 Pages

Published: February 2010

Imprint: Anderson Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4224-6324-6


  • Part One: Basic Considerations

    1. Introduction to Police Administration

    2. The Nature of Police Work

    3. Police Goals and Systems

    4. Police Organizational Tasks

    Part Two: The Traditional Perspective

    5. Principles and Policies in the Police Organization

    6. Functions of Police Management

    7. The Police Executive

    Part Three: The Human Perspective

    8. Individuals and Groups in the Police Organization

    9. Developing the Police Organization

    10. Leadership in the Police Organization

    Part Four: The Strategic Management Perspective

    11. Information in the Police Organization

    12. Evaluating Police Performance

    13. Police Strategies and Tactics

    14. Police and Homeland Security

    15. Contemporary Issues in Police Administration


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