Effective Police Supervision
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Effective Police Supervision

Larry S. Miller, Harry W. More, Michael C. Braswell

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Effective Police Supervision

Larry S. Miller, Harry W. More, Michael C. Braswell

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Effective Police Supervision, 9th ed., is a time-tested text providing complete coverage of the organizational dynamics surrounding leadership of teams in an effective police department. This revised edition provides readers with the tools to excel and advance with up-to-date and timely scholarly research and legal case law on supervision. Special attention is given to recruitment, selection, and retention of police, commonly believed to be the most challenging internal issue facing agencies today. Supervisory tactics are evaluated in terms of how they work not only in the United States but in the United Kingdom and Canada as well, and chapters are enhanced with boxed features that help the reader connect ideas with realistic situations.

Combining behavioral theory and updated case studies, Effective Police Supervision is the preferred textbook for college-level classes on police supervision and is an essential resource for preparation for promotional exams and career development for law enforcement officers and supervisors. Information has been included to respond to current issues facing law enforcement with Covid-19 and managing protests.

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CHAPTER 1 Supervision—The Management Task

The changeable nature of our police agencies demands a viable and doable response to the dynamism of public and managerial transformation. In a law enforcement organization, the first-line supervisor is the crucial managerial point where policy is transmitted into action. All levels of police administration from the top-down must acknowledge the challenge of making the first-line supervisory position a key managerial part of the agency. Crime, disorder, and the desire of members of the community to reside in neighborhoods that truly represent the best aspects of our democratic society call for an enduring mandate to serve the public and enhance the quality of life. This requires accepting the dynamics of continuing and constant change and developing an organizational capability to take action that fulfills the mandate of every professional law enforcement agency. The position of first-line supervisor must evolve into a position where decisions are made in the best interests of the organization and community members through the attainment of goals and objectives. Supervisors must be given the training and skills needed to create a working milieu that energizes each member and allows for a multiskilled response. A common denominator present in police departments that do extremely well, throughout the United States, is the creation of a work environment that fosters the development of good supervisors. In exemplary agencies, the first-line supervisor is not apart from, but is a viable component of, management, and is directly responsible for augmenting the positive attributes of working life. Human resources are at a premium in every part of a police organization, and the task of a supervisor is to assist employees to become productive members of the organization. It is a truism that an effectively performing supervisor makes things happen through the efforts of those supervised. Moreover, departmental and personal goals become achievable through the interaction between an emphatic supervisor and subordinates. As a result, the community is better served, and officers find themselves working in a viable organization that emphasizes the enhancement of the working quality of life. An agency committed to excellence is one that challenges each member of the organization to grow daily and contribute to the realization of departmental objectives/goals.
Police work is without question an intricate undertaking. Current demands and the consequences of responding to them in new and innov...

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APA 6 Citation
Miller, L., More, H., & Braswell, M. (2020). Effective Police Supervision (9th ed.). Taylor and Francis. Retrieved from https://www.perlego.com/book/2194236/effective-police-supervision-pdf (Original work published 2020)
Chicago Citation
Miller, Larry, Harry More, and Michael Braswell. (2020) 2020. Effective Police Supervision. 9th ed. Taylor and Francis. https://www.perlego.com/book/2194236/effective-police-supervision-pdf.
Harvard Citation
Miller, L., More, H. and Braswell, M. (2020) Effective Police Supervision. 9th edn. Taylor and Francis. Available at: https://www.perlego.com/book/2194236/effective-police-supervision-pdf (Accessed: 15 October 2022).
MLA 7 Citation
Miller, Larry, Harry More, and Michael Braswell. Effective Police Supervision. 9th ed. Taylor and Francis, 2020. Web. 15 Oct. 2022.