“Addresses the different management styles that are applicable to large as well as small police agencies.” — Dr. Michael Wigginton Jr., University of Mississippi Built on a foundation of nearly 1,200 references, Leadership and Management in Police Organizations is a highly readable text that shows how organizational theory and behavior can be applied to improve the operations, leadership, and management of law enforcement. Author Matthew J. Giblin emphasizes leadership and management as separate skills in successful police supervisors and executives, illustrating to students how the two skills combine to improve individual and organizational efficacy in policing. Readers will come away with a stronger understanding of why organizational decisions matter and the impact research can have on police departments.

Measuring Individual Performance

Measuring Individual Performance

Measuring Individual Performance

Introducing Individual Performance . . .

Performance appraisals represent an occasion when organizational leaders compare employee behaviors to those behaviors valued by the agency. The instruments designed to evaluate employee performance often contain some combination of measures dealing with traits and behaviors. For example, the patrol officer evaluation form for the Coral Gables (Florida) Police Department, a form completed by the officer’s supervisor, contains 16 items grouped into three broad categories: knowledge and skill, personal characteristics, and professionalism. Sample items, each rated on a seven-point scale from unacceptable to superior, include the following:

  • Knowledge of law: Knows important statutes and can apply them to situations faced on the job (knowledge and skill)
  • Driving skills: Practices defensive driving and sets an example ...
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