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Police Administration

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.


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

Paperback, 566 Pages

Published: January 2013

Imprint: Anderson Publishing

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


  • 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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