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Law enforcement administrators use a variety of management styles to set policies and make decisions.

Law enforcement administrators use a variety of management styles to set policies and make decisions. In some instances, an immediate decision is required and an authoritative type of style is utilized. In others, more time is available in which to make decisions and a more deliberate approach is possible.

Consider the following:

Due to the recent terrorist attacks in London where four individuals attempted to bomb public transit locations, the police chief has decided to position officers at the public transit stations in your city. The officers are to search any bag, purse, briefcase, and backpack of all passengers. The police chief made that decision immediately after the news of the London incident appeared and did not consult with anyone before issuing the order.

Discuss the management style used in making this decision. Discuss whether you agree with this decision. Remember, almost all public safety decisions of this type involve other entities, many of them private businesses. Address the following issues: Was this a good decision? Was there time to consult with other agencies and personnel before implementing this? Is this an appropriate time to make a unilateral decision, or should more reflection be undertaken before exercising this option?

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