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Police Organization and Management Issues for the Next Decade

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Date Published
November 2006
40 pages
This paper discusses research issues in the area of police organization and management (recruitment, training, structure and organization, management and leadership, technology and information use, and community policing) which should be addressed in the next 5 to 10 years by the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice.
This paper outlines a selective agenda of research issues on police organization and management for the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to consider over the next decade. Two top priority areas suggested include: a systematic study of the implementation and effects of police innovations and a systematic program for evaluating police training. Research areas nominated are done for two reasons: (1) evidence is currently insufficient to draw conclusions on these various matters and (2) the issues are enduring; they will be around for the next decade. The areas presented and discussed as requiring further research are police recruitment (racial and ethnic minorities in blue, baccalaureates in blue, and training), structure and organization (who’s running the show, what is the influence of community pressure on police practice, what is the business of the police, impact of the war on terror, and impact of immigration), management and leadership (relevance of police leaders, making the best police leaders, and making of our police leaders), technology and information use (crime and problem analysis information technology and surveillance technology), and recent police innovation. References

Date Published: November 1, 2006