Handbook of Police Administration

Handbook of Police Administration

Handbook of Police Administration

Handbook of Police Administration


As figureheads of the most visible segment of criminal justice, today's police administrators are forced to tackle challenges never faced by their predecessors. Heightened local and global threats, advanced technologies, and increased demands for procedural transparency require new levels of flexibility, innovative thinking, and the ability to foster and maintain relationships within the community. It is more crucial than ever to recruit and retain capable leaders to guide law enforcement agencies at this pivotal time in history.

Covering areas such as leadership in policing, use of force, and understanding how the law shapes police practice, Handbook of Police Administration examines the key topics that must be considered by law enforcement professionals. Recognizing that police leaders need the skills and traits of a politician, accountant, attorney, field lieutenant, and futurist, the authors cover a variety of contemporary issues surrounding police administration and management. Divided into five thematic sections, it considers the legal aspects of overseeing a public sector organization, as well as how research, technology, and training can assist modern police leaders in performing their duties more effectively and efficiently. The book covers problematic issues such as officers accepting gratuities, undercover work, and the time criteria required for promotional consideration. It concludes with a chapter comparing administrative issues in Australia with many of the subjects previously addressed with regard to U.S. protocol.

Using a range of perspective, differing viewpoints, and controversial issues, Handbook of Police Administration provides a springboard to stimulate discussion at the cutting-edge of debate in the dynamic field of policing.


This Handbook of Police Administration, co-edited by Jim Ruiz and Don Hummer, provides a smorgasbord of topics that are at the coalface of policing: the difficulties police encounter dealing with drug problems, traffic issues, race and ethnicity challenges, and street gang problems. Cross-cutting themes such as leadership in policing, use of force, and understanding how the law shapes (or fails to shape) police practice are relevant to students of police studies, practitioners, and scholars alike. There is something in here for everyone, which is a credit to the editors in accessing their network of colleagues in the field of policing and bringing them together in this one volume. Scholars will find original research articles. Practitioners will relate to the stories that abound in the text of many chapters. Police recruits will find the down-to-earth presentation of issues interesting and engaging. University and college students of policing will find the handbook to be an excellent reference book covering a wide scope of territory.

The handbook also dedicates an entire section to police administration issues in Australia. The inclusion of material from Australia adds an interesting dimenshapter topics from the Australian authors. In doing so, the book straddles issues that are relevant across two western democratic countries that have both similarities and important differences. Students of police administration will be struck by the similarities in the issues that confront police agencies all over the world. For example Layton and Jennett, in their chapter about solving problems down under, raise a number of dilemmas and difficulties posed by police agencies in all corners of the world trying to implement problem-oriented policing.

Importantly, the handbook succeeds in raising a range of perspectives, different viewpoints, and controversies. The content of chapters is at the cutting edge of debate in the field of policing. The handbook will thus stimulate discussion and, as I am sure Jim and Don hope, invigorate students to ask questions, delve into the literature, conduct their own research, and find out more about the ever-changing world of policing.

Lorraine Mazerolle Griffith University, Australia

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