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To do things right, to do the right thing OR sometimes it is right to do the wrong thing......

Police Leadership explores leadership theories through the experiences of police chiefs who are well known either for their personal achievements or the situations they oversaw.

Chief Moose of the Montgomery County, Maryland Police Department made decisions as he oversaw the response to the 2002 Washington DC area snipers: how did his leadership style match the situation he found himself in? When Chief O'Brien of the Miami Police Department overrode political considerations to intervene in the Elian Gonzales case, and when Chief Koby of Boulder, Colorado handled the initial investigation of the Jonbenet Ramsey murder, did their particular leadership style prove to be a match for the specific events? How did the personal background of New York's Commissioner Kerik contribute to the leadership he showed in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks? The LAPD was strongly influenced by the personality of Chief Gates. How did his charisma transform the department? When Commissioner Evans became the head of the Boston Police Department, what innate qualities enabled him to partner with many diverse communities? Chief Richard Pennington took over the most corrupt police agency in the United States, how did his leadership style influence the attempts to win the minds and hearts of his subordinates?

Police Leadership attempts to provide a template for police leaders—from street level officers to the highest ranking police chiefs—on how to look at a given situation, adopt an informed perspective and make the right leadership decision.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131149717
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 3/3/2005
  • Series: Pearson Criminal Justice Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Title Page.


Table of Contents.



1. Introduction - The Pentagon of Police Leadership.

2. Integrity, Ethics and Police Leadership.

3. Partnership in a Small Force: Team Theory.

4. In-groups and Community Oriented Policing: Leader-Member Exchange Theory.

5. When the Chief Becomes the Force: Transformational Theory.

6. Parameters for Empowerment and Trust: Style Theory.

7. When the Event is Just Too Much to Handle: Situational Theory.

8. Doing Things Right or Doing the Right Thing: Contingency Theory.

9. Winning Hearts and Minds: Path-Goal Theory.

10. Leadership and Command of the Critical Incident: Psychodynamic Approach.

11. Soliciting and Entertaining 100 Ideas: Skills Approach.

12. Career of Leadership: Trait Approach.

13. Into the Future: Catalytic Mechanisms and Big Hairy Audacious Goals.

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