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NCJ Number: 158152 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Justice Crossroads
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:62  Issue:10  Dated:(October 1995)  Pages:108,111- 112,114
Author(s): M L Tyre
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
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Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The changing demands and expectations of the police require police agencies to make the necessary shifts in operations and philosophy and to adapt and adopt new and radical approaches to the challenges they face.
Abstract: Policing philosophy has changed from encumbrance to empowerment; police culture has changed from a closed, top- down organization steeped in bureaucracy to one open to the community and to the employees who do the job. Traditional autocratic leadership is at odds with empowerment. The needed changes in organizational culture must go beyond policy statements and involve changes throughout the organization. Specific changes should include abandoning military ranks, insignias, and other trappings of office that serve as internal and external barriers and eliminating manuals that focus on micromanagement. Additional changes should include replacing the typical end-of-the-year evaluation system with community surveys or action groups and ongoing interactions with employees to maintain quality performance, reevaluating the system of controls in the control of the organization, and rewarding mistakes of good intent. Finally, police agencies should actively recruit for, encourage, and support higher levels of education, as well as technical and professional training. Footnotes
Main Term(s): Police management
Index Term(s): Future of policing; Police organizational structure
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