Eight Police Roles and Change

Peter K. Manning

in Policing Contingencies

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780226503516
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226503523 | DOI:
Eight Police Roles and Change

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In this chapter, the nature of compliance and legitimacy during an organizational transition in a police department is explored ethnographically, using a case study of community policing in Western (a pseudonym for the Midwestern city). Reform and reorganization in Western, including four chiefs and three deputy chiefs in seven years, were constant from 1992 through 2001. Policing reform, especially “community policing,” has implications for performances, routines, and teamwork, but also for the drama of control and command.

Keywords: organizational change; police department; community policing; policing reform; drama; control; command

Chapter.  13413 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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