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NCJ Number: 134793 Find in a Library
Title: Quality Policing: The Madison Experience
Author(s): D C Couper; S H Lobitz
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 110
Sponsoring Agency: Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
Washington, DC 20036
Publication Number: ISBN 1-878734-22-9
Sale Source: Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 930
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Type: Program Description (Model)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on the experience of the Madison Police Department (Wisconsin), this book describes the implementation of the Quality Leadership Model as the vehicle for change management designed to establish various combinations of community-based and problem-oriented policing.
Abstract: The Quality Leadership Model focuses on the leadership and management methods required for a police agency to move from the rhetoric to the reality of community policing. The experiences of the Madison Police Department (MPD) over 9 years shows how the model can be successful. the MPD has moved from a conservative, rigidly defined police force to one characterized by its futuristic outlook, community-based policing strategies, quality leadership practices, and openness to diversity in the workplace and the community. The Quality Leadership Model implemented in the MPD has focused on the development of leadership, decisionmaking, and participation in management by the rank-and-file police officers. Specific changes discussed include the neighborhood patrol bureau, which involves departmental decentralization, and the experimental police district, which involves the development of a field laboratory to test new policing ideas. The basic trends produced by changes in the MPD are employee growth, empowerment, and increased feelings of self-worth; better work decisions; an improvement in the workplace; and more community support. 16 references and an appended outline of Demings's 14 points for management
Main Term(s): Community policing
Index Term(s): Change management; Decisionmaking; Leadership; Participatory management; Police management; Wisconsin
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