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Police Administration, Seventh Edition, examines police administration from four perspectives: a systems perspective; a traditional, structural perspective; a human behavioral perspective; and a strategic management perspective. The systems perspective emphasizes the links between units and organizations, the influence of external conditions on systems, and the importance of feedback for correcting and improving performance. The traditional perspective highlights administrative principles, management functions, and the importance of written guidelines. The behavioral perspective stresses the human element in organizations. The strategic management perspective focuses on finding the most effective ways of carrying out the organization’s work and accomplishing its mission. The book begins with several basic considerations essential to understanding the unique features of police administration. These include the development and environment of police administration, the nature of police work, police goals and objectives, police organizational tasks, and the role of the police executive. These basic considerations serve as the foundation for more detailed exploration of modern police administration. Five case studies are included at the end of the book. This book is a valuable resource for students and practitioners interested in police administration.
A text for students and practitioners, examining police administration from structural, human behavioral, strategic management, and especially systems perspectives. Contains chapters on police organizational tasks, functions of police management, the individual and groups in the police organization, information in the police organization, evaluating performance, and organizational improvement. Includes chapter summaries, discussion questions, and cases, plus nine longer case studies. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"The text examines police administration from four distinct perspectives: a systems perspective,…a traditional, structural perspective,…a human behavioral perspective,…and a strategic management perspective. In addition to detailed coverage of management functions and organizational principles, the book emphasized diversity principles and developing police agencies as learning organizations."— The Journal, Fall/Winter 2013 "Material in this textbook is presented in simple terms for students and practitioners in police administration. The first part of the book introduces the field of police administration and explains the nature of police work, police goals and systems, and police organizational tasks… This eighth edition includes a new chapter on homeland security, plus discussion of new technologies for interagency cooperation and information sharing."— Reference & Research Book News, December 2013
Gary Cordner joined the Department of Criminal Justice at Kutztown University in 2008, after teaching for 21 years at Eastern Kentucky University, including five years as Dean of the College of Justice & Safety. At EKU he also founded and directed the Regional Community Policing Institute and the International Justice & Safety Institute. Before EKU he worked as a police officer and police chief in Maryland and taught at Washington State University and the University of Baltimore. Gary is currently a Commissioner on the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
Part One: Basic Considerations 1. Introduction to Police Administration 2. The Nature of Police Work 3. Police Goals and Systems 4. Police Organizational Tasks Part Two: The Traditional Perspective 5. Principles and Policies in the Police Organization 6. Functions of Police Management 7. The Police Executive Part Three: The Human Perspective 8. Individuals and Groups in the Police Organization 9. Developing the Police Organization 10. Leadership in the Police Organization Part Four: The Strategic Management Perspective 11. Information in the Police Organization 12. Evaluating Police Performance 13. Police Strategies and Tactics 14. Police and Homeland Security 15. Contemporary Issues in Police Administration