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Police Administration.

The authors direct this book primarily to municipal police administrators. However, new and aspiring administrators can easily understand the principals discussed.

The 470 pages of this well-written text are divided into four sections. The presentation covers a wide range of issues, using realistic examples of what today's police administrators may encounter. Individual chapters include thought-provoking, practical application exercises to assist readers in understanding the theoretical points presented.

Part one explores the mechanistic aspects of the traditional police agency and discusses the roles of both law enforcement agencies and administrators. The discussion underscores the importance of information exchange and the necessity for administrative change. It examines the environmental factors, such as interagency relations, personnel, and social structures, that influence agencies. As the authors make clear, these forces can either assist or hinder police administrators.

Part two compares, and then contrasts, traditional and contemporary management principles. The authors conclude that in order for law enforcement to meet the challenges of modern society, agency administrators should consider adopting many of the contemporary and emerging management principles. Within this section, chapter five (contemporary management) is critical to understanding the remainder of the text.

In part three--the largest section--the authors discuss specific issues, such as motivation, communication, stress, personnel management, and labor relations that can "make or break" police administrations. In a general sense, this discussion can be applied to most police agencies. However, because State laws vary, readers should view this section within the context of their own State statutes.

The last section of the book concentrates on managerial control. Within the framework of exercising effective command, the discussion centers on accountability, planning, and productivity. This section concludes with a brief, but insightful, examination of trends that may impact upon police administration in the future.

Within an instructional context, videotapes and other audiovisual aids can easily be adapted to augment many of the issues presented in Police Administration. And, from a training standpoint, class exercise recommendations and study questions at the end of each chapter add a helpful interactive dimension to the text. Although aimed primarily toward municipal police administration, the book's broad-based presentation can be easily adapted to rural or small town law enforcement, as well.

Reviewed by Christopher B. Kuch Assistant Professor Criminal Justice Program Gannon University Erie, Pennsylvania
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Author:Kuch, Christopher B.
Publication:The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
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Date:Jun 1, 1993
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