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Paradoxes of Leadership in Police Management 1st Edition

Douglas Perez, Michael Barkhurst

  • Published
  • 387 Pages


PARADOXES OF LEADERSHIP IN POLICE MANAGEMENT helps current police leaders, and would-be leaders, as they strive to effectively direct a group of unique and powerful individuals: police officers.. The work day of a police officer is replete with paradox, making the job of leading police difficult and potentially frustrating. This book provides real life examples based on a theoretical framework. PARADOXES OF LEADERSHIP IN POLICE MANAGEMENT discusses the police officer's experience including the multiple, conflicting, and sometimes vague nature of police functions and goals; the creation of mission statements; organizational structures; teaching communication skills to young officers; coaching and mentoring police officers; and the complicated job of assessing the job done by law enforcement. The book also deals with the development of police ethics, comparative accountability mechanisms, and alternative modes of discipline, expanding these discussions into a three-tiered view of police leadership (the roles of sergeant, middle manager, and chief). The book concludes with a practical, realistic list of ideas and ideals that can be used for taking action. Each chapter concludes with example scenarios, discussion questions, and additional reading suggestions.

Douglas Perez, State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh, New York

Douglas Perez is a former police officer and corrections guard who has a Doctorate Degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Perez has done research at a dozen police departments over the course of the past twenty years, and is widely published in the field of police work. He teaches Sociology and Criminal Justice at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh.

Michael Barkhurst, Athens County Correctional Facility, Athens, Georgia

Mike Barkhurst is an experienced law enforcement, detention, and prison professional who has extensive experience as a manager of special needs inmate populations, especially dealing with the severely mentally ill. He is currently a Deputy Warden of Security with Athens-Clarke County Correctional Institution in Athens, Georgia.
  • Contains clear and specific discussion of organization theory as it applies to the paradox-ridden role of being a police leader.
  • Contains realistic examples from the true-to-life world of leadership in police work.
  • Includes discussion and analysis of cutting-edge, creative ideas about police assessment and accountability.
  • Encourages reflection with discussion questions, example scenarios and additional reading suggestions at the end of each chapter.
  • Includes cumulative lists of concepts and rules of thumb to apply in practice.
1. Introduction.
2. The Paradoxes of Police Work.
3. Cleaving to the Mission.
4. Structure.
5. Teaching Communication.
6. Motivation – Coaching and Closing Gaps.
7. Assessment.
8. Ethics.
9. Accountability.
10. Discipline.
11. The Three Tiers of Leadership.
12. Bringing it All Together.

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  • ISBN-10: 113355833X
  • ISBN-13: 9781133558330
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  • ISBN-10: 1435488075
  • ISBN-13: 9781435488076
  • Bookstore Wholesale Price $37.50
  • RETAIL $49.95

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ISBN: 9781111639686


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ISBN: 9781111639686
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