Police Administration


  • Gary Cordner

Police Administration provides a thorough overview of what police supervisors and administrators need to know. The text examines police administration from four distinct perspectives: a systems perspective (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 promising approaches to increasing police agency effectiveness).

In addition to detailed coverage of management functions and organizational principles, the book emphasizes  diversity principles and developing police agencies as learning organizations. A concluding chapter covers contemporary issues, including community engagement, collaboration, globalization, racial profiling, mass media and social 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: January 2013
  • ISBN: 978-1-4557-3118-3


"Material in this textbook is presented in simple terms for students and practitioners in police administration. The first part of the book introduces the field of police administration and explains the nature of police work, police goals and systems, and police organizational tasks… This eighth edition includes a new chapter on homeland security, plus discussion of new technologies for interagency cooperation and information sharing."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013

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