What Matters in Policing?

Change, Values and Leadership in Turbulent Times

Auke van Dijk, Frank Hoogewoning, and Maurice Punch

What Matters in Policing?

Auke van Dijk, Frank Hoogewoning, and Maurice Punch

Distributed for Bristol University Press

240 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781447326922 Published November 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447326915 Published November 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Studies of policing tend to focus on effectiveness—on what works—rather than on the more important question of what matters, of why policing should be done in particular ways or reformed or restructured. This book explores that angle, looking at the implications of recent restructurings in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands, with a special emphasis on the dilemmas faced by police leadership as they confront change.
Foreword: a crisis in public policing

1. Policy in perilous times: change and leadership
What matters?
System change and leadership
Policing in the Netherlands
Policing in the UK
Drivers of change
Inhibitions to change
Leadership in policing
Matters of concern

2. Policy systems, perspectives and  contested paradigms
Policy systems
Brodeur: low and high policing, militarized policing
Policing paradigms 
British policing: paradigm shift
The Netherlands: paradigm lost
Contested paradigms and fuzzy rhetoric
Centralisation and regression to the mean

3. Sea of troubles: the nature of policing
The nature of policing
Police organization
Police occupational culture
Deviance, corruption and the ‘enemy within’

4. When matters become ‘really real’: commanding operations
Major incidents and leadership
‘Command and control’ in British policing
‘Command and control’ in Dutch policing

5. Leadership and leadership development
Exploring leadership
Implications for police leadership
Developing police leaders
Making it to the top in England and Wales
Making it to the top in the Netherlands
Leadership development: necessary ingredients

6. Towards a comprehensive paradigm
Beyond cutting crime
Symbolic value of policing
Reflective practitioners and honest policing 
Comprehensive paradigm

Part One: Two Cases of why COP falls short of its promise: London and Seattle
Part Two: Netherlands, Amsterdam: agora, safe haven for confrontational thinking

Review Quotes
Michael Useem, director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
“The police forces of the Netherlands and United Kingdom are undergoing convulsive changes. If those changes are to be effectively directed in a more uncertain and demanding world, this book provides a compelling case and roadmap for police leadership and its development, whatever the country.”
Clifford Shearing, University of Cape Town, South Africa, and Griffith University, Australia
“A persuasive, penetrating, and insightful glimpse, through the lens of leadership, into how two influential police systems in countries with very different histories are repositioning themselves within the ‘rough waters’ of security governance.”
“An insightful and valuable piece that should be an essential preparation for aspiring senior police and a reminder for serving leaders.”
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