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NCJ Number: 136170 Find in a Library
Title: Power Dynamics
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:61  Issue:4  Dated:(April 1992)  Pages:6-10
Author(s): J M Turner
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 5
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Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The importance of acquisition and maintenance of power by police administrators and officials is discussed as a management tool.
Abstract: Power dynamics in most police organizations require that individuals develop a personal powerbase that uses formal and informal sources in order to perform their duties and responsibilities. Recognizing the social complexity of the police organization is the key to the understanding and evaluation of the nature of power struggles, because the police organization is comprised of a heterogeneous workforce of men, women, and minority groups with diverse education and technical skills backgrounds. Understanding power dynamics also concerns the management of complex interdependent relationships with superiors, subordinates, peers, and outsiders. A formal power source is a rigid structure that depends on people knowing and accepting their places in the hierarchy, whereas the informal power system is a flexible fluid system based on negotiation. By seeking to enhance or build a powerbase, police officials will derive professional satisfaction and fulfillment and be in control of their work environment.
Main Term(s): Police management training; Police staff management
Index Term(s): Police organizational structure; Police supervision
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