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Management Theories, Leadership, and the Police Organization

Chapters Four through Six of Police Administration cover management theories and leadership styles and how they impact police organization. Imagine you are the head of a law enforcement organization. Address the following as they relate to management theory, leadership, and your department.

  • Identify the theory of management (from Chapters Four and Five) you would ascribe to. Explain this theory as it relates to your police organization.
  • Discuss how you would incorporate these ideas into managing your organization. What are the benefits and drawbacks of managing in this manner?
  • Leadership is discussed in Chapter Six. With regard to leadership, the police chief’s job is paramount in a police organization. However, the police chief often becomes a scapegoat for the many trials and tribulations that befall a department. Identify the primary duties of a police chief, and explain how they might be best fulfilled. What problems await a newly appointed police chief? Describe how you would address these issues.

Your paper must be two to three pages in length (exclusive of title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style. Support your claims and subclaims with material from the text, Police Administration, as well as two academic resources from the Ashford University Library. For information regarding APA samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

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