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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
Publisher: http://www.vathek.com/ 
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
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