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10th Edition

Police Administration

ISBN 9781138389236
Published February 1, 2019 by Routledge
532 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This national best-selling text examines police administration from multiple perspectives: a systems perspective (emphasizing the interrelatedness among units and organizations); a traditional, structural perspective (administrative principles, management functions, and the importance of written guidelines); a human behavioral perspective (the human element in organizations); and a strategic management perspective (communications and information systems, performance evaluation, strategies and tactics, and prevailing and promising approaches to increasing effectiveness of police agencies).

Coverage of management functions and organizational principles is streamlined while providing a stronger emphasis on diversity principles and on developing police agencies as learning organizations. A concluding chapter covers contemporary issues, including community engagement, collaboration, privatization, globalization, police legitimacy, police diversity, predictive policing, police technology, evidence-based policing, learning organizations, emotional intelligence (EQ), and servant leadership. Case studies based on real-life events invite students to practice managing the conflicting circumstances, and Modern Policing blog posts offer news and developments in the policing world.

Table of Contents

PART I: Basic Considerations

1. Introduction to Police Administration

2. The Nature of Police Work

3. Police Goals and Systems

4. Police Organizational Tasks

PART II. The Traditional Perspective

5. Principles and Policies in the Police Organization;

6. Functions of Police Management

7. The Police Executive

PART III. The Human Perspective

8. Individuals and Groups in the Police Organization

9. Developing the Police Organization

10. Leadership in the Police Organization

PART IV. The Strategic Management Perspective

11. Information in the Police Organization

12. Evaluating Police Performance

13. Police Strategies and Tactics

14. Police and Homeland Security

15. Contemporary Issues in Police Administration


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Gary W. Cordner is Professor Emeritus at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and Eastern Kentucky University. He serves as Chief Research Advisor for the National Institute of Justice and Senior Police Advisor for the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), both part of the U.S. Department of Justice. He was a Commissioner of CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) for nine years and has been associated with the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing since its inception. Earlier in his career he was a police officer and police chief in Maryland.

Cordner joined the Department of Criminal Justice at Kutztown University after teaching for 21 years at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), including five years as Dean of the College of Justice & Safety. At EKU he also founded and directed the Regional Community Policing Institute and the International Justice & Safety Institute. Before joining the faculty at EKU, he taught at Washington State University and the University of Baltimore. He maintains the Modern Policing blog at https://gcordner.wordpress.com/, which comments on news and developments in the policing world.

Cordner is a past member of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council, the Kentucky Criminal Justice Council, and the Lexington/Fayette County Civil Service Commission; founding editor of Police Quarterly and past editor of the American Journal of Police; and past president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). He is the recipient of the Academy Fellow Award, the Bruce Smith Sr. Award, and the Outstanding Paper Award from ACJS, in addition to the O.W. Wilson Award from the Police Section of ACJS, the Outstanding Educator Award from the Southern Criminal Justice Association, and outstanding alumnus awards from Northeastern University and Michigan State University.


…[S]ets the standard for excellence in police administration texts. Dr. Cordner has managed to present a comprehensive work but communicates its contents with absolute clarity. His pairing of each chapter with relevant discussion questions and case studies are also critical toward enhancing the student learning environment.

Rick Dierenfeldt, Department of Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

The textbook identifies for students the major issues associated with police management and lays out various policy options for each issue.

Michael Scott, School of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Arizona State University