Police Administration


  • Gary Cordner
  • Kathryn Scarborough

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.

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


Book information

  • Published: February 2010
  • ISBN: 978-1-4224-6324-6

Table of Contents

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