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Unformatted text preview: Police Organization The typical American police department is a bureaucracy, with a military style of operation. The police bureaucracy Police 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 features Most police departments are also quasi-military organizations. Police officers wear uniforms, tote guns, carry ranks (for example, patrol officer, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain), and operate under...
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- Fall '09