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.

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

Kathryn Scarborough

Affiliations and Expertise

Eastern Kentucky University