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NCJ Number: 50833 Find in a Library
Title: TOWARD MORE EFFECTIVE CONTROL OF POLICE DISCRETION - THE COOPERATIVE SUPERVISORY MODEL
Journal: JOURNAL OF POLICE SCIENCE AND ADMINISTRATION  Volume:6  Issue:3  Dated:(SEPTEMBER 1978)  Pages:253-263
Author(s): T K MORAN
Corporate Author: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
Alexandria, VA 22314
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUE TO RESTRUCTURE THE INFORMAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PRACTICES COMMON TO ALL POLICE DEPARTMENTS IS PRESENTED, BASED ON A STUDY OF THE CONNECTICUT STATE POLICE DEPARTMENT.
Abstract: FOLLOWING A SUMMARY OF THE PROBLEM OF WIDE POLICE DISCRETION IN LAW ENFORCEMENT SITUATIONS, A CASE STUDY INVOLVING THE ENFORCEMENT OF A HITCHHIKING LAW BY THE CONNECTICUT STATE POLICE IS GIVEN. THE STUDY SHOWS THAT, ALTHOUGH THE TOP ADMINISTRATION CAN SET THE TONE FOR THE ORGANIZATION, IT IS THE OFFICER ON THE STREET WHO ULTIMATELY DETERMINES HOW ORDER IS MAINTAINED OR LOST. VARIOUS PLANS TO CONTROL DISCRETION ARE REVIEWED, INCLUDING THOSE SET FORTH BY THE NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMISSION ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE STANDARDS AND GOALS, CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCHERS, AND THE CONNECTICUT STATE POLICE DEPARTMENT. THE CONFLICTS BETWEEN EXECUTIVE LEVEL DECISIONS AND LINE OFFICER INTERPRETATIONS ARE EXAMINED. THE INSTITUTIONAL SETTING FOR THE EXERCISE OF POLICE DISCRETION, THE COMMAND SYSTEM AS A CONSTRAINT ON INDIVIDUAL DECISIONMAKING, AND THE ACTUAL POLICE SITUATION WHICH ENCOURAGES SUCH DISCRETION ARE ALL EXAMINED. A TECHNIQUE TERMED 'THE COOPERATIVE MODEL OF FIRST-LINE SUPERVISION' IS THEN PRESENTED. TABLES SUMMARIZE ATTITUDES FOUND AMONG FIRST-LINE SUPERVISORS, TROOPERS, AND UPPER-LEVEL ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL IN THE CONNECTICUT STATE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT TIME OF STUDY. EFFECTS OF THESE ATTITUDES ON OFFICER DISCRETION, CHANGES IN ATTITUDE NECESSARY FOR EFFECTIVE FIRST-LINE SUPERVISION OF TROOPER DISCRETION, AND TRAINING NECESSARY TO BRING ABOUT CHANGE ARE COVERED. EFFECTIVE FIRST-LINE SUPERVISION IS CALLED ESSENTIAL IF EXECUTIVE DECISIONS ARE TO BE REFLECTED IN ACTUAL FIELD BEHAVIOR. CLEAR ARTICULATION OF DISCRETIONARY RULES IS RECOMMENDED. FOOTNOTES CONTAIN REFERENCES. (GLR)
Index Term(s): Connecticut; National Advisory Committee Criminal Justice Standards and Goals; Police discretion; Police management; Police responsibilities; State police; Techniques
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