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NCJ Number: 119200 Find in a Library
Title: Written Rules and Regulations: Are They Necessary?
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:58  Issue:7  Dated:(July 1989)  Pages:17-21
Author(s): G W Cordner
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 5
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Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The trend in modern police administration is the need for policies and rules to govern every contingency and every substantial aspect of operations and management.
Abstract: The primary justification for extensive law enforcement rules, policies, and procedures is the expressed need for management direction and control. Also, the wide variety of duties that police officers perform, compiled with the wide discretion granted them, help to account for the proliferation of written directives. This tendency has been exacerbated by the requirement of administrative due process in police discipline, civil liability, and the accreditation movement. Police management tends to avoid the negative rather than achieve the positive, in part because goal attainment and service quality are so difficult to define or measure. The police administrator's challenge is to provide leadership by instilling desired values and culture within the police organization. It is suggested that unnecessary and demeaning rules be eliminated instead of continuing the current practice of promulgating rules to cover every conceivable exigency. 14 footnotes.
Main Term(s): Police reports
Index Term(s): Administrative planning; Federal regulations; Regulations
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