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Course Description:

This course is designed to assist the learner in enhancing their perspective of the role, functions and purpose of the police organization and management structure. The intent of the course is to integrate the learners experiences into the larger picture of the police organization and their role in that structure as a supervisor, manager or executive. The format for this class will include readings, online & library research, and other individualized learning experiences.

Course Objectives

After the conclusion of the course, the student will be able to demonstrate Learning Results including knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes, in the following manner:
1. Compare and contrast the organizational development of police management
     principles and its correlation to that of organizational and management theory.
2.  Identify the key management and organizational theories
3.  Analyze balancing multiple stakeholders as a police supervisor or manager.
4.  Compare Adaptive Management and Community Policing and contrast the readings
     to your organization to the case studies in the text.
5.  Analyze the historical development of organizational development in relation to the
     motivational considerations of supervision and management.
6.   Identify key issues related to human factors in the organization.
7.   Discuss the dual issues of police misconduct and civilian review boards.
8.   Describe the structure of the organization and how it has adapted to use civilian,
      non-sworn, volunteers, reserves, etc. in augmenting the organization.
9.   Explain how change in organizations occurs, and how organizations adapt to
10. Discuss the dilemma of turnover, tenure, retention of key leaders in organizations. .
11. Compare the dynamics of the use of group or team behaviors in policing (Chapter
      10) and compare to your organizations use of teams or group projects.
12. Compare and contrast field operations vs support services
13. Analyze how to measure or evaluate units for effectiveness.
14. Differentiate between entry level criteria and retention criteria.

Learning Experience:

Read the following book:

Police Organization and Management 9th Ed. Foundation Press V.A. Leonard and Harry W. More, 1999.

Police Organization and Management

V. A. Leonard


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Read or consult any other book, text, journal article or online source in order to 
         achieve learning results for this course and complete documentation. (Refer also to
         resource page on this website)

Conduct online and library research.

Maintain periodic contact with adjunct professor concerning course progress.

This course consists of four modules of instruction.  Learners are to write a
         response to each bullet point in their papers. Each MODULE is essentially a
         series of answers to the questions posed.
Students should submit them as
         Modular Papers, with a header for each subtopic. There are four papers
         then, with the subtopics included in the module.

Before you begin.  You must download a learning agreement.  Review the
         agreement, sign it and mail it to the instructor per the instructions on the last page. 
         Learning agreements must be submitted during the first week of the semester.

After you have submitted the learning agreement, send the instructor an email
         requesting the module due dates

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Police Administration: Structures, Processes, and Behavior (7th Edition)
Charles R. Swanson  More Info

Although not used in this course, the book description of Police Administration: Structures, Processes, and Behavior says, “The best-selling, most comprehensive book available for police administration & management, Police Administration 7/e presents a carefully researched and vivid introduction to police organizations that focuses on the procedures, politics and human relations issues that law enforcement managers and administrators must understand in order to succeed. Representing the collective experience of the authors' decades of experience in law enforcement, training, and teaching, Police Administration 7/e is recognized by both the academic and law enforcement communities as the authoritative treatment of this important topic.  Chapter topics include the evolution of American policing, community policing, organizational theory, concepts of police organizational design, leadership, organizational and interpersonal communication, human resource management, stress and police personnel, labor relations, legal aspects of police administration, planning and decision-making, financial management, and organizational change and the future.  For law enforcement managers and administrators.”

Police Management
Roy Roberg  More Info

According to the book description of The Third Edition of Police Management, by Roy Roberg, Jack Kuykendall, and Kenneth Novak, presents an interdisciplinary approach to police management, achieving a balance between theory and practice. The text offers students and those interested in managing police organizations an analytic approach to police managerial issues and practices. Utilizing the most up-to-date data and research to present complex information in an easy-to-understand format. A central theme of the text is viewing the transition from traditional to community policing from a managerial perspective. New topics or topics significantly expanded include:


* Broken Windows Policing/Zero-Tolerance Policing

* Neighborhood Building

* Problem-Oriented Policing

* Cultural Diversity

* Planning for Change and Innovation in Police Departments

* Leadership Styles & Motivation

* Technology

* Problems with Police-Community Expectations

* Racial Profiling

* Police Goals & Measurement

* Police Paramilitary Units

* Police Culture

* Job Redesign and Community Policing

* Performance Evaluation and Community Policing


A new chapter on Civil Liability has been added.


Police Management eases instruction by showing students how to apply police research and contemporary management principles to the challenges of running today's complex police organizations--integrating theory with practice. Roberg, Kuykendall, and Novak emphasize an analytical rather than a descriptive approach to understanding critical issues in police organization and management, as well as providing possible solutions. The text also offers a historical framework for understanding contemporary police management-- putting students in touch with the foundations of modern law enforcement management.


In a problem-solving mode, Police Management discusses and analyzes issues in the transition from traditional police management to more contemporary approaches with particular emphasis on the management of community policing. The authors have utilized an expectation-integration model in organizing the text, suggesting that effective police management is a function of how well expectations from employees, the community, and the organization are balanced.


Case Study boxes introduce the student to recent research and innovative strategies in the delivery of police service. Inside Management boxes provide brief description of real-world managerial problems, issues and operations.

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