• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Organisational structure of a Police Force.

Extracts from this document...


1. The purpose of an organizational structure is to assign the workload, make certain the lines of authority and responsibility are assigned and understood, and establishes a chain of command. The larger and more specialized the agency is the more vertical the structure will become. Some elements in a basic police agency include operations and support. Operations include personnel that are active in the field. Within operations there can be patrol, investigative, and youth. The patrol function is the primary element in operations including conducting traffic and criminal investigations and routine patrols. The support element contains the staffing and auxiliary elements. Incorporated in the staffing element are personnel concerned actions like recruiting, training, promotions, and public information services. The auxiliary element includes functions that are not normally observed by civilians. These activities entail jail management, property and evidence, crime lab services, communication processes, and records and identification. 2. The role a police executive has is to deal with managerial concerns. The two primary police executives are the police chief and the county sheriff. The sheriff is responsible for maintaining and operating the county correctional facilities, serving civil processes and duties, collecting certain taxes, and occasionally serving as a bailiff. ...read more.


I agree with the need for the police executives to have a constant presence, but I don't think their time is used wisely dealing with staff disputes and minor issues. The Mintzberg model seems to outline the roles well and for most of the roles and functions depicted I agree can only be completed by a police executive. I don't believe that police executives should be dealing with department issues unless it's critical for them to step in. It should be the officers within the office and the supervisors' job to control subordinates. 4. The New York City Compstat is a database collecting system. It is not a software or computer system. It is used to develop weekly crime statistics to monitor new crime trends. Compstat was intended to map and identify problems. Weekly reports are developed in each precinct, and meetings are held with the highest ranking officers in the New York Police Department in attendance. Compstat analyzes and identifies crimes trend that are occurring. At the weekly meetings the officers decide on the measures needed to be taken in order to best deal with the crime pattern. I believe this program is a fantastic idea. ...read more.


This is followed by a personal interview where your appearance, ability to communicate, and general pose is scrutinized. Next, the character investigation which is where a detailed background check is completed. Once the character investigation is complete it is time to undergo the polygraph test. This is an important step, for it will determine the honesty of the recruit and secure higher qualified officers. Then there is the medical exam and drug screening, which will test for any unknown substances and determine if the recruit is physically able to deal with the stress and activities of an officer. Some departments use an assessment center as the next step in the hurdle process. This is usually only used when selecting a police executive. It can include a range of activities including psychological, management tasks, group discussions, written communication, and role playing scenarios. The next step is entry into the police academy. This is a vital part of the hiring process. There are many academies able to be attended. Some departments run their own and some colleges offer police training. After completion of the academy the recruit will become a sworn officer. Finishing the academy does not make the recruit an official officer. Next they are assigned a field training officer and are put on a probationary period, which lasts from six months to a year. If during this probationary period their performance is unsatisfactory termination is immediate. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree Criminology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related University Degree Criminology essays

  1. Comparative policing systems

    despite anathema to French style spies, a detective department was reorganised in Scotland in 1842 (Manwaring-White, 1993).

  2. Anthropology and its Uses in Single Body and Mass Fatality Cases

    and Mediterranean (Southern European), and the differences between all three main races and the three sub-divisions of the Caucasoid can be seen in the table below (Fig. 9), which can be found at [http://www.theoryofuniverse.com/man/races/races-skulls.htm]: Figure 9: Skull Traits of the Main Races: Caucasoid Dimensions Nordic Alpine Mediterranean Negroid Mongoloid Skull

  1. Ethics and Police Corruption

    discounts or free meals; these kinds of acts are sometimes considered as fringe benefits of the job. Gratuity also involves financial benefits and rewards, all of which is a violation of the police code of ethics. Gratuity is corruption because the police officer has been placed in a position where

  2. The place of the public police is becoming less important in view of the ...

    In any Police Force uniformed officers are usually from the majority of the personnel (Siegel, 2005). Investigations However, preventive policing alone cannot succeed in controlling crime and serving the other purposes of the Police. The other role of the Police is to carry out investigations.

  1. Does the Police and Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) and its codes of practice successfully ...

    evidence in court, and the police officer may proceed without his consent. Police powers also include taking photographs of suspect, with or without their consent. The photographs can be taken only for the purpose of preventing or detecting a crime (English and Card, 2005).

  2. Examine the Distinction between Liberal and Authoritarian Police Forces

    However, the attempts to make police force liberal and democratic may fail in some societies due to the increase in the rate of political unrest, protests, riots and violent uprisings. This is because residents find the liberal police officers gentle and soft that they can engage in criminal activities with an assurance that they will not be in the event.

  1. Discuss the different academic responses to contemporary criticisms of the old police. How helpful ...

    Corrupt constables were seemingly common this was mainly due to the lack of a professional paid force. These claims highlight the need for a professional police force and could perhaps be the reason Peel established the metropolitan police force. Before the metropolitan police force was established in 1829, the ?force?

  2. Perceptions of wrongful convictions amongst Americans working in the criminal justice system.

    serving 17 years in prison ? 7 of those years 6 unnecessarily because the state refused to reevaluate the evidence against him using new DNA technology (Clendenning 2000). Bedau and Radelet, in their study of miscarriage of justice in death-penalty cases note: No jurisdiction (in the United States)

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work