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Divisional Command in a Small Force

NCJ Number
Policing Volume: 2 Issue: 4 Dated: (Winter 1986) Pages: 318-328
C Currie
Date Published
11 pages
This British study reviews the characteristics and management roles of middle management supervisory officers in the Scottish Tartan Police Force, a small agency.
Within the Tartan police divisions, there are two chief superintendents, two superintendents, four subdivisional officers (chief inspectors), and one subdivisional inspector. Using the personnel records of these officers, this study reports on the average age, average length of service, the average length of time in each rank, and the number of examination failures for each rank. Divisional superintendents are responsible for ensuring that divisional policy is implemented. Specific tasks include monitoring divisional operations, visiting stations, attending local police authority meetings and licensing boards, keeping abreast of new legislation, and attending serious incidents. Subdivisional officers provide input into divisional policy and ensure that divisional policy is implemented by the constables under their supervision. The subdivisional officers are divisional command's main link with the division's lower ranks. 3 references and 4 tables.


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