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NCJ Number: 68375 Find in a Library
Title: EFFECTS OF ORGANIZATIONAL DESIGN ON COMMUNICATION BETWEEN PATROL AND INVESTIGATIVE FUNCTIONS, CONCLUSION
Journal: FBI LAW ENFORCEMENT BULLETIN  Volume:49  Issue:6  Dated:(JUNE 1980)  Pages:20-26
Author(s): J J STAFT
Corporate Author: Federal Bureau of Investigation
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Federal Bureau of Investigation
Washington, DC 20535-0001
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
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Document: PDF
Publisher: https://www.fbi.gov 
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THEORIES OF ORGANIZATION ARE DISCUSSED, AND WAYS TO FOSTER COOPERATION BETWEEN INVESTIGATION AND PATROL UNITS OF A POLICE DEPARTMENT, SUCH AS ESTABLISHING TASK FORCES, LIAISONS, AND JOB ROTATIONS, ARE SUGGESTED.
Abstract: SOME HUMAN RELATIONS THEORISTS MINIMIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF FORMAL ORGANIZATION STRUCTURES AND EMPHASIZE GOOD RELATIONS AMONG CO-WORKERS TO FOSTER EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS. HOWEVER, OTHERS TRY TO SYNTHESIZE HUMAN RELATIONS; PROPOSING THAT ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY MUST ACCOUNT FOR PURPOSE, GOALS, STATUS, AND HIERARCHY. PATROL AND INVESTIGATIONS UNITS ARE VERY DIFFERENT, EACH DEVELOPING UNIQUE POINTS OF VIEW, HABITS, AND CHARACTERISTICS CONSISTENT WITH ITS MISSION. THUS, COOPERATION CAN BE PROBLEMATICAL AND HINDERED BY COMPETITION AND HOSTILITY. ALTHOUGH DIFFERENT TYPES OF POLICE UNITS ARE INTEGRATED AND MADE TO COOPERATE THROUGH THE POLICE HIERARCHY, INCREASING DIFFERENTIATION REQUIRES ADDITIONAL INTEGRATING DEVICES, SUCH AS POLICE REGULATIONS, LIAISONS, TASK FORCES, AND HIERARCHIES WITHIN EACH UNIT. HOWEVER, REGULATIONS AND HIERARCHIES ALONE LEAD TO OVERLOADING CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION WITH RESULTING DELAYS AND MISUNDERSTANDINGS. LATERAL RELATIONS, OR CONTACT BETWEEN PERSONS SHARING THE SAME PROBLEM OR WORKING ON THE SAME CASE, REGARDLESS OF TYPE OF UNIT, HELP PREVENT THIS. HOWEVER, TEAM POLICING, OR THE COMBINING OF PATROL AND INVESTIGATIONS WITHIN ONE GEOGRAPHICAL ORGANIZATION, WILL MOST STRONGLY AND PERMANENTLY FOSTER PATROL AND INVESTIGATIONS COOPERATION. EFFECTIVENESS OF SUCH POLICE UNITS HAS BEEN DEMONSTRATED BY AGENCIES THAT HAVE TRIED THEM. HOWEVER, PROBLEMS MAY RESULT, SUCH AS A REDUCTION IN SPECIALIZATION. A FINAL COOPERATION-FOSTERING STRUCTURE DISCUSSED PROVIDES FOR INVESTIGATIONS AND PATROLUNITS TO REPORT TO EACH OTHER AS WELL AS TO A PRECINCTCHIEF. FOOTNOTES AND ILLUSTRATIONS ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Participatory management; Patrol; Patrol procedures; Patrol units; Police consolidation; Police organizational structure
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