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NCJ Number: 135621 Find in a Library
Title: Police Administration
Author(s): L K Gaines; M D Southerland; J E Angell
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 505
Sponsoring Agency: McGraw-Hill Publishing Co
New York, NY 10020
Publication Number: ISBN 0-07-557127-7
Sale Source: McGraw-Hill Publishing Co
1221 Ave. of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This text is designed to meet the special needs of those interested not only in the theory of administration and management, but also the practical application of the concepts to policing.
Abstract: Part I consists of three chapters that provide the basic framework for understanding the nature of police organizations and the environment in which they operate. Chapters provide an overview of administration, a historical perspective of the police mission from the early service years of policing to the current emphasis on problem-oriented and community-oriented policing, and the environment surrounding and influencing the police department and its administration. Part II, which features "organizational perspectives," discusses the foundations of police organization and contemporary management. A central feature of this text is that there is no one best way to administer or manage and that an administrator's actions are dictated by the environment, the problems confronting the department, and the personnel involved. Part III, "People Perspectives," explores the interactions among the organizational units and the people who staff the police organization. Chapters describe how to treat people and how they will behave in the police department setting. Topics covered include motivation and leadership, communication and negotiation, the identification and management of stress, personnel administration, and labor relations. Part IV, "Control Processes in Police Management," discusses operational accountability and control; planning, programming, and budgeting; police productivity; and change and the police organization. Chapter study questions, references, and a subject index
Main Term(s): Police management
Index Term(s): Labor relations; Police organizational structure; Police personnel
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