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NCJ Number: 121534 Find in a Library
Title: Operational Streamlining
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:58  Issue:9  Dated:(September 1989)  Pages:7-11
Author(s): H M Robinette
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 5
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Annotation: The typical large police department of the next two decades will have a more streamlined structure than today's traditional paramilitary structure, with enlargement of the responsibilities of first-line managers and fewer levels of administration.
Abstract: This organizational flattening has already occurred in many businesses, which are more efficient than those with traditional pyramidal structures. Carrying it out in law enforcement agencies would require redistributing job tasks, work clusters, and skill-level requirements to the lower ranks. In addition, the span of control of higher managers would become a span of communications, with electronic networks making it conceivable that managers could have as many as 200 people reporting to them. Advocates of this streamlining argue that it would not only cost less and speed communications within an organization but would also increase job satisfaction and reduce burnout among lower-level personnel. Thus, streamlining is attractive to municipalities struggling to control their budgets. However, both individuals and groups are likely to resist streamlining and in some departments may prevent it. 10 reference notes.
Main Term(s): Police organizational structure
Index Term(s): Police internal organizations; Police management; Police resource allocation
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