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The Effective Organisation

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This chapter examines how effective police organisation can be achieved, and examines the effects and consequences of management neglect, lack of direction and lack of clarity of purpose. In order to reflect more accurately the role and image of the police it is increasingly becoming a practice in many parts of the world to abandon the terminology 'police force' in favour of 'police service'. Police officials perhaps have a clearer understanding of the concept and context of 'leader' and 'leadership' than workers in the business or commercial world. The modern flatter, decentralised police organisation typically works with four levels of management. Effective supervision is essential to the protection of human rights. The 'span of control' refers to the number of subordinates who report directly to a given supervisor. If a supervisor is allocated too many subordinates, he or she will not be able to supervise them all effectively.

Keywords: effective police organisation; effective supervision; leadership; management levels; police service; span of control



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