Police Administration

7th Edition

Authors: Gary Cordner Kathryn Scarborough
Paperback ISBN: 9781422463246
Imprint: Anderson
Published Date: 12th February 2010
Page Count: 548


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Police Administration, Seventh Edition, examines police administration from four perspectives: a systems perspective; a traditional, structural perspective; a human behavioral perspective; and a strategic management perspective. The systems perspective emphasizes the links between units and organizations, the influence of external conditions on systems, and the importance of feedback for correcting and improving performance. The traditional perspective highlights administrative principles, management functions, and the importance of written guidelines. The behavioral perspective stresses the human element in organizations. The strategic management perspective focuses on finding the most effective ways of carrying out the organization’s work and accomplishing its mission. The book begins with several basic considerations essential to understanding the unique features of police administration. These include the development and environment of police administration, the nature of police work, police goals and objectives, police organizational tasks, and the role of the police executive. These basic considerations serve as the foundation for more detailed exploration of modern police administration. Five case studies are included at the end of the book.
This book is a valuable resource for students and practitioners interested in police administration.

Key Features

  • Chapters enhanced with learning objectives, discussion questions, and boxes including information such as the Standards for Law Enforcement Agencies.
  • Case studies with discussion questions provide opportunities for the reader to review real-world situations.


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

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments Part One Basic Considerations Chapter 1 Introduction to Police Administration Learning Objectives The Development of Police Administration The Social Context of Police Administration The Political Context of Police Administration The Legal Context of Police Administration The Challenge of Police Administration in a Democratic Society Community-Oriented Police Administration Homeland Security Ten Guiding Principles Summary Chapter 2 The Nature of Police Work Learning Objectives The Evolution of Police Work Police Discretion Crime Control, Order Maintenance, or Social Service? The Core of the Police Role The Skill of Policing While on Routine Patrol Management Implications Summary Chapter 3 Police Goals and Systems Learning Objectives The Purposes of the Police The Systems Concept The Police Organization as a System Summary Chapter 4 Police Organizational Tasks Learning Objectives The Operations Subsystem The Administration Subsystem The Auxiliary Services Subsystem Interdependence of Subsystem Tasks Summary Part Two The Traditional Perspective Chapter 5 Principles and Policies in the Police Organization Learning Objectives Authority, Responsibility, and Accountability Delegation of Authority The Authority-Level Principle Key Organizational Principles Written Guidelines Organizational Rules and Regulations Formulation of Organizational Guidelines Discipline Summary Chapter 6 Functions of Police Management Learning Objectives Management Functions by Leve


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About the Author

Gary Cordner

Gary Cordner joined the Department of Criminal Justice at Kutztown University in 2008, after teaching for 21 years at Eastern Kentucky University, including five years as Dean of the College of Justice & Safety. At EKU he also founded and directed the Regional Community Policing Institute and the International Justice & Safety Institute. Before EKU he worked as a police officer and police chief in Maryland and taught at Washington State University and the University of Baltimore. Gary is currently a Commissioner on the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Criminal Justice, Kutztown University, PA, USA

Kathryn Scarborough

Affiliations and Expertise

Eastern Kentucky University