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Effective Police Management

For Accountablity and Competence

Effective Police Management by Harry More
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Law enforcement is increasingly aware of the need for performance-based management. Results are what count and programs are increasingly required to demonstrate that activities and programs are viable and worthy of budgetary support. This emphasizes the necessity of ensuring that the managerial processes foster accountability. To insure success it is essential that organizational leaders foster and constantly supervise this managerial process. Performance improvement occurs when there is an ongoing process that creates strategic performance objectives, measures performance, collects, analyses, that result in the reporting of performance data that can focus on improved performance. The key chapter in the text is the one entitled accountability inasmuch as it circumscribes the remainder of the concepts discussed and reviews the necessity of creating an accountability environment fostered by positive communications. The key aspects of accountability are discussed and each of the five levels reviewed. Chapters deal with a range of potential evaluation tools to include logic models, crime mapping, program evaluation techniques, and problem solving. Considerable attention is given to performance measurement, the different types of measurement and commonly used measures in law enforcement. There is also a brief discussion of Compstat and its four principles with a special emphasis on relentless follow-up and assessment. Also, attention is given to the utilization of performance information and the research measurements that create process improvements. Within the proactive problem solving process the reader will find topics such as basic questions for the scanning process, objectives, means of defining a problem, environmental surveys and the recognized sequence of analysis. Consideration is given to the discussion of data quality, verification, validation and the range of information sources. Law enforcement professionals, researchers, planners, policymakers, stakeholders at all levels, can use this text as a significant resource in the development of performance-based management that stresses accountability, competence and performance.
Charles C Thomas; August 2012
259 pages; ISBN 9780398088255
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Title: Effective Police Management
Author: Harry More; Terry More