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NCJ Number: 62812 Find in a Library
Title: PROFESSIONALISM OF POLICE - PROCEED WITH CAUTION
Journal: POLICE CHIEF  Volume:46  Issue:11  Dated:(NOVEMBER 1979)  Pages:22-24
Author(s): G E BROWN
Corporate Author: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
Alexandria, VA 22314
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A POLICE CHIEF URGES CAUTION IN THE PURSUIT OF TWO POSSIBLY CONFLICTING POLICE OBJECTIVES, POSITIVE POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS AND POLICE PROFESSIONALISM.
Abstract: THE QUESTION IS WHETHER THE DRIVE FOR PROFESSIONALISM SHOULD BE FULL SPEED AHEAD WITHOUT REGARD FOR NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE PUBLIC INTEREST, NAMELY OPEN RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE COMMUNITY. A POLICE DEPARTMENT REGULATES ITS OWN CONDUCT AND MAY DEVELOP ORGANIZATIONAL GOALS THAT ARE IN CONFLICT WITH OFFICERS SWORN DUTY. THE LIABILITIES OF PROFESSIONALISM FOR POLICE INCLUDE TIME TAKEN AWAY FROM SERVICE TO STRENGTHEN POLICE'S PUBLIC IMAGE THROUGH SPEECHES AND PRESS RELEASES, CONCENTRATION ON SUBSTANTIAL ACADEMIC WORK, AND LICENSING OF POLICE OFFICERS. PROBLEMS THAT ARISE HERE ARE THE CONFLICT BETWEEN THE PROFESSIONAL'S IDEA OF HIS OR HER JOB AND THE PUBLIC VIEW, ALLEGIANCE TO THE CITIZENRY RATHER THAN TO THE COUNTY OR CITY THAT IS ACTING AS EMPLOYER, AND A STANDARDSETTING PROCESS THAT ADHERES MORE TO THE IDEA OF THE POLICE AS PROFESSIONAL THAN TO THE NEEDS OF A SPECIFIC COMMUNITY. ADDITIONAL DANGERS ARE THE CHANCES OF OVERSPECIALIZATION OF OFFICERS WITH THE CONCOMITANT DECREASE IN THE RANGE OF POLICING SKILLS FOR A SPECIFIED OFFICER. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT AN AWARENESS OF THE TENSION BETWEEN PROFESSIONALISM AND THE COMMUNITY NEED FOR A TYPE OF SERVICE INDIVIDUAL IS NEEDED. (RFC)
Index Term(s): Minimum basic training; Performance requirements; Personnel administration; Personnel minimum standards; Police community relations; Police management; Professionalization
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