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NCJ Number: 77635 Find in a Library
Title: Seattle Police Department - Reorganization Project, 1979-1980 Executive Summary
Corporate Author: Seattle Police Dept
Inspections and Planning Section
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Seattle Police Dept
Seattle, WA 98104
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This executive summary of the study report on an analysis of the organization of the Seattle Police Department (Wash.) presents findings on the current structure of the Department and offers recommendations for reorganization.
Abstract: The study process required Department managers to discuss together the philosophy of police service, citizen needs, and consequent implications for police organization. The recommended organization, based on modern police management principles, will provide efficient delivery of services while providing flexibility for change and expansion in key operational or support functions. The structure will encourage police/community interface and emphasize the mutual responsibility of citizens and police to ensure social control in the city. The basic changes recommended are (1) combining field units into an Operations Bureau and strengthening the planning capability for increased efficiency in the use of field units, (2) realignment of investigative units and an experiment in the use of detectives, and (3) consolidation of citizen participatory services to give emphasis and efficiency to such services. The proposed organization will have five command-level divisions, with four at the bureau level. The Administrative Services Bureau will link personnel, fiscal, and property management operations in one bureau, while giving independent status to data processing. The Operations Bureau will contain a Patrol Division, a Special Operations Division with Traffic and Metropolitan Sections, and an Operations Section. The Investigations Bureau will combine the current Crimes Against Property Section, the Special Assignments Section, and the Accident Investigations Section into one Crimes Against Property Section. The Field Support Bureau will consist of the Citizen Services Division, the Communication Division, and the Criminal Information Section. The fifth division will be the Inspectional Services Division. Organizational charts of the current and proposed Department structures are provided.
Index Term(s): Criminal investigation units; Organization studies; Police community relations; Police field services units; Police management; Police organizational structure; Summaries; Washington
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