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This book is widely used both as a textbook for college and university classes in police management and as a reference text for police managers in dealing with operational issues in their department, as well as for training police supervisors and administrators and is required reading for civil service promotional examinations.


Proactive Police Management, 9e, is the widely used text for criminal justice and police science programs that emphasizes a contemporary and proactive approach to police management. Various police management styles are addressed throughout, from traditional scientific management to the behavioral/systems approach to the human relations approach. Its chapters take a realistic look at operational problems that can occur within a police department and how a consultative, proactive management style can help solve and resolve them. Fully updated in this edition, its goal is to reveal how proactive management techniques and new technology are revolutionizing police management today.


Teaching and Learning


This edition of Proactive Police Management provides a review, analysis, and synthesis of the various approaches to police management, including traditional scientific management, the behavioral/systems approach, and the human relations approach. It provides:

  • Proactive approach to police management: Takes a realistic look at issues and operational problems and discusses various police management styles
  • Strong coverage of technology: The application of new technology continues to revolutionize policing as well as other private and public services in the United States
  • Comprehensive pedagogical features: Gives students the tools to master key concepts faster and more effectively, and provides support for instructors

Table of contents

Chapter 1       Historical Perspective

Chapter 2       Police Culture

Chapter 3       The Art and Style of Proactive Police Leadership

Chapter 4       Purposes and Principles of Police Organizations

Chapter 5       Operating Principles

Chapter 6       Proactive Communication and Information Management

Chapter 7       Proactive Police Technology for the Twenty-First Century

Chapter 8       Patrol Operations and Community Policing

Chapter 9       Basic Line Functions

Chapter 10     Administrative/Staff Functions

Chapter 11     Auxiliary Functions

Chapter 12     Human Resources Management

Chapter 13     Training

Chapter 14     Proactive Planning

Chapter 15     Collective Bargaining and Police Management

Chapter 16     The Future of Proactive Police Management

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