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Police Administration

9th Edition

By Gary W. Cordner


516 pages | 15 Color Illus.

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Paperback: 9781138903234
pub: 2016-03-14
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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, globalization, racial profiling, mass media, cybercrime, terrorism and homeland security. 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.


This edition includes both historic academic theories on policing and contemporary trends, and weaves in many industry standards to help both students and leaders alike. Dr. Cordner understands policing and police officers, and provides the evolution of policing and a vision of where it is going. This book brings value not only to those who matriculate policing in an academic setting, but those who engage in the noblest of professions.

Richard W. "Rick" Myers, Chief of Police, Newport News, Virginia and Chair, Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)

Dr. Cordner has contributed to police professionalism for over three decades. His latest work demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of the complex issues impacting the delivery of police service, capturing both historical and contemporary thinking. The challenges and opportunities presented are relevant for current police leaders and those considering the field as a career. He has provided his experiences with a focus on developing the next generation of police professionals.

W. Craig Hartley, Jr., Executive Director, Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.

Cordner’s Police Administration remains one of the strongest texts addressing the challenges and complexities of managing police organizations. The book is richly grounded in history and diverse theoretical perspectives, linking these core ideas with contemporary circumstances. Real life examples and case study vignettes connect academic insights with the actual struggles police executives must negotiate in leading their agencies.

Joseph Schafer, Southern Illinois University

Police Administration is now in its ninth edition—speaking volumes about its enduring value. While comprehensive, Cordner’s portrayal and analysis is never tedious. Current issues and trends are not only up-to-date, but placed in appropriate historical context. Each chapter’s learning objectives guide the reader to topics of import, and chapter concluding Discussion Questions reinforce reflective thinking.

Larry T. Hoover, Sam Houston State University

Police Administration is an invaluable text for police executives, criminal justice students, and instructors. Dr. Gary Cordner presents, with clarity, a comprehensive examination of the basic considerations of police work, traditional perspectives, and emerging human and strategic management perspectives. Illustrative case studies, thought-provoking discussion questions, and suggested readings reinforce learning.

Douglas Knight, Chief of Police, Vandalia, Ohio

Police Administration (9th Edition) has become a staple for policing academics. Dr. Cordner remains a preeminent expert in the field of policing and offers a wide degree of expertise as attested by his bio. The current update to Police Administration is a necessity that has evolved out of a series of challenges that traditional law enforcement faces in 2016 and beyond. The focus of the text offers different perspectives for leading police organizations, through developments in homeland security, community and problem-oriented policing. These strategies are interwoven within discussions on intelligence, information sharing, technology, interagency cooperation, use of social media, and the critical need for improving legitimacy. From an instructor’s perspective, the text offers a number of pedagogical opportunities through a series of chapter specific objectives, broad discussion questions, suggested readings and specific case studies that enhance student-learning.

Brandon Kooi, Aurora University

Table of Contents

Part 1 Basic Considerations 1. Introduction to Police Administration 2. The Nature of Police Work 3. Police Goals and Systems 4. Police Organizational Tasks Part 2 The Traditional Perspective 5. Principles and Policies in the Police Organization 6. Functions of Police Management 7. The Police Executive Part 3 The Human Perspective 8. Individuals and Groups in the Police Organization 9. Developing the Police Organization 10. Leadership in the Police Organization Part 4 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 Case Studies

About the Author

Gary W. Cordner is Professor Emeritus at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and a Commissioner of CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies). He is Senior Research Associate with the Police Foundation and Senior Police Advisor for the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), U.S. Department of Justice, in Ukraine, and has been associated with the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing since its inception. Cordner joined the Department of Criminal Justice at Kutztown University in 2008, 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 worked as a police officer and police chief in Maryland and 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 has published several books and numerous articles and book chapters on community policing, police administration, and related topics. He has received the Academy Fellow Award, Bruce Smith Sr. Award, and 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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology