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NCJ Number: 97541 Find in a Library
Title: Police Organization and Administration
Author(s): S S Souryal
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 170
Sponsoring Agency: Anderson Publishing Co
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Sale Source: Anderson Publishing Co
Publicity Director
2035 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45202
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This text discusses the processes and theories of organization and administration of public bureaucracies in general and police agencies in particular, with attention to police communications, leadership, personnel, budgeting, planning, information management, and community relations.
Abstract: The nature of bureaucracy and administration is defined, and elements of police organization -- including goals and objectives, unity of command, and delegation of authority -- are identified. The purpose of administration theories is explored, and various theories are examined, including Max Weber's theory of bureaucratic organization, Frederick Taylor's theory of scientific management, and Elton Mayo's human relations theory. Human relations in administration are analyzed, and the general lack of a human relations approach in police administration is highlighted. The discussion of police communications emphasizes the role of police communications, systems and processes of communication, and barriers to effective communication. Police leadership is defined, with attention to styles and functions of leadership and the need for effective leadership. The section on personnel management considers such areas as promotions, training, compensation, and discipline. In addition, budgeting and fiscal management are discussed, as are planning, decisionmaking, and information management. Finally, police community relations are explored in terms of communication between the police and the public and between police and the media. Included are 79 references and 15 figures.
Index Term(s): Communication techniques; Financial management; Leadership; Organizational theories; Personnel evaluation; Police decisionmaking; Police information systems; Police management; Police organizational structure; Police personnel promotion; Police planning; Police staff management; Police training management; Police-citizen interactions; Police-media relations
Note: Criminal Justice Studies.
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