skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 222577 Find in a Library
Title: Knowledge Management in Law Enforcement: Knowledge Views for Patrolling Police Officers
Journal: International Journal of Police Science and Management  Volume:10  Issue:1  Dated:Spring 2008  Pages:76-88
Author(s): Stefan Holgersson; Petter Gottschalk; Geoff Dean
Date Published: 2008
Page Count: 13
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Based on an empirical study of police officers in Sweden, this paper presents a potential organization of police knowledge into knowledge types.
Abstract: There are two knowledge perspectives in police organizations, the theoretical perspective and the street-level perspective. These perspectives mostly understand phenomenon in the organization in different ways. The distance between both perspectives is large and a negative circle in knowledge exchange between the two perspectives increases the polarization (or division). A theoretical view of knowledge represents the main influence on how information and knowledge will be organized in law enforcement, and the theoretical perspective will tend to dominate. Unfortunately, the street-level perspective is often ignored. However, it is important that the decisionmaker at a high level in the organization try to understand and influence the street-level perspective. Researchers have studied classifications and categorizations of knowledge. This paper describes and classifies different types of knowledge that are a part of police patrol officers’ practice. The paper discusses different forms of professional knowledge separately to enable categorization. In general, a large part of police officers’ professional knowledge is complex and difficult to describe and explain in words. Figure, references
Main Term(s): Organizational theories
Index Term(s): Police organizational structure; Police personnel; Role perception
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.