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NCJ Number: NCJ 193418     Find in a Library
Title: Rethinking Organizational Change in Policing, Summary
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Author(s): Mariah Davis ; Richard L. Wood
Corporate Author: University of New Mexico
Dept of Sociology
United States of America
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 16
  Series: NIJ Research Report
  Annotation: This report summarizes the efforts and findings in the continuation of the APD-UNM (Albuquerque Police Department-University of New Mexico) research partnership's ethnographic study of the transformation of organizational culture as the APD pursued department-wide implementation of community policing.
Abstract: The initial study found that the APD had experienced only limited success in building a police culture guided by community policing over a 4-year period. Some significant changes had occurred in specific areas, but transformations in overall police culture were limited. The second phase of the study, which is profiled in the current report, continued tracking departmental efforts to embed community policing more deeply into the organization. In this effort, the APD-UNM research partnership contributed insights from the initial study as well as findings from academic research on policing nationwide, so as to contribute to informed decision making by police management and police leaders at all levels. The study assessed how this input from the research partnership influenced the ongoing implementation of community policing and the development of organizational culture. The format for these efforts involved focus groups at supervisory and management levels, so as to foster a culture of organizational learning guided by structured reflection on desirable policing models and current research on what works in policing. Objectives of this effort were to foment much greater civilian/sworn collaboration built on mutual respect and to foster the consolidation with APD of a "strong culture of policing" that combines the most effective elements of all the current subcultures into a coherent organizational culture of policing. The assessment did not find the depth of fundamental departmental transformation to which the objectives aspired. This report advises that police leaders may have to reorient their focus toward the slow cultivation of new officers from their initial training through years of career development. This can be done by inserting community policing orientations into the key institutions that reproduce police culture over the long-term.
Main Term(s): Community policing
Index Term(s): Police reform ; Change management ; Police subculture ; NIJ final report ; New Mexico
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 98-IJ-CX-0073
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University of New Mexico
Dept of Sociology
1915 Roma NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: For the full report, see NCJ-193422.
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