Police OrganizationThe typical American police department is a bureaucracy, with a military style of operation.The police bureaucracyPolice agencies have a bureaucratic structure. The systematic administration of police departments is characterized by specialization of tasks and duties, objective qualifications for positions, action according to rules and regulations, and a hierarchy of authority. Bureaucratization maximizes efficiency. The downside of bureaucracy for the police is that this form of organization is marked by lack of flexibility, indifference to human needs, and a pattern of allowing red tape (for example, excessive rules) to impede effective problem-solving. Quasi-military featuresMost police departments are also quasi-military organizations. Police officers wear uniforms, tote
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