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NCJ Number: 51217 Find in a Library
Title: PERSPECTIVE - ADMINISTRATION OF SMALL MUNICIPAL POLICE
Journal: POLICE CHIEF  Volume:45  Issue:5  Dated:(MAY 1978)  Pages:62-67
Author(s): C DOMONOSKE
Corporate Author: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
Alexandria, VA 22314
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: MUTUAL ACCESS BETWEEN THE POLICE CHIEF AND THE CITIZENRY AND THE POLICE CHIEF'S MANAGEMENT OF THIS ACCESS ARE DISCUSSED AS THE CONTEXT AND PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY FOR SMALL MUNICIPAL POLICE FORCES.
Abstract: GENERALIZING FROM HIS OWN EXPERIENCE AS A POLICE CHIEF IN A SMALL MUNICIPALITY, THE AUTHOR CONSIDERS THAT PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL ACCESS TO THE COMMUNITY IS MAXIMIZED IN THE WORK OF THE SMALL TOWN POLICE CHIEF. IT IS ADVISED THAT THE MANAGEMENT OF THIS ACCESS BY AND TO THE COMMUNITY MUST BE PERFORMED BY THE CHIEF SO AS TO ACHIEVE A BROAD AND OBJECTIVE PATTERN OF CONTACT BETWEEN COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND THE POLICE. BROAD CONTACT INVOLVES THE AVOIDANCE OF POLICE IDENTIFICATION WITH AND FAVORITISM TOWARD ONE SEGMENT OF THE COMMUNITY AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF UNIFORM PATTERNS OF CONTACT WITH ALL ELEMENTS OF THE CONSTITUENCY SERVED. THE DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF OBJECTIVE ACCESS INVOLVES THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CLEAR PROCEDURES AND PRIORITIES IN THE USE OF POLICE DISCRETION EMPLOYED ON THE BASIS OF AN ACCURATE KNOWLEDGE OF A BROAD-BASE OF COMMUNITY NEEDS AND VALUES. THESE MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES INCREASE THE LIKELIHOOD OF RESPONSIBLE COMMUNITY COOPERATION WITH THE POLICE. THE USE OF MINIMAL FORCE EVEN IN THE FACE OF PROVOCATIVE BEHAVIOR IN THE ENFORCEMENT OF LAWS AND ORDINANCES IS ADVISED, COUPLED WITH UNIFORMITY IN DISCRETION. SUGGESTIONS FOR MANAGING THE POLICE CHIEF'S INTERACTION WITH CITY COUNCIL ARE OFFERED, WITH PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO BUDGET FORMULATION AND PRESENTATION. RECOGNIZING THAT SALARY INCREASES ARE A RARITY FOR SMALL MUNICIPAL POLICE FORCES, NONMONETARY EMPLOYEE INCENTIVES, SUCH AS COMPENSATION TIME, COOPERATIVE MANAGEMENT, JOB FULFILLMENT, AND FAIR TREATMENT, ARE DISCUSSED.
Index Term(s): Community relations; Incentive systems; Municipal police; Police chiefs; Police discretion; Police management
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