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Adopting the “learning organization” philosophy can help police departments have the organizational capacity to carry out community policing and problem solving. Espoused by management expert Peter Senge, who popularized the concept of the learning organization in his 1990 book, The Fifth Discipline, this approach allows members of an organization to continually expand their capacity to nurture new and expansive patterns of thinking, pursue their collective aspirations, and continually learn to see the whole picture.

How does the concept of learning organizations relate to community policing and problem solving? The adoption of the community policing and problem-solving philosophy and practice involves a new way of thinking about and approaching policing as it attempts to embrace new means of addressing neighborhood crime and disorder. Therefore, as police organizations ...

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