Key Features

  • The eighth edition includes analysis of timely matters such as technology, the police intelligence function, information sharing, interagency cooperation, and more.
  • Each chapter is enhanced with learning objectives, discussion questions, and feature boxes.
  • Six 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

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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"The text examines police administration from four distinct perspectives: a systems perspective,…a traditional, structural perspective,…a human behavioral perspective,…and a strategic management perspective. In addition to detailed coverage of management functions and organizational principles, the book emphasized diversity principles and developing police agencies as learning organizations."--The Journal, Fall/Winter 2013
"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