Structure & Management: Law Enforcement Department

Your election to the post of Sheriff has convinced you that the county expects you to re-organize a dysfunctional department. You plan to start with the very basics and will reconsider the way that the department is structured and managed. You have agreed to create a report for the county commissioners, to earn their support for your reform plans.

Your report should be in a 4- to 5-page Microsoft Word document which covers the following points:

First, reprint your mission statement at the top of the report, then:

Part 1-Structure
•Explain what is meant by formal and informal organizational structure.
•Show how this concept relates to a law enforcement agency in particular. For instance, does a formal structure create any problems in a criminal justice agency? Are there areas within the department that need to be formal?
•Describe how the structure of the department will impact communication (Manager-to-staff, staff-to-manager, communication among officers, communication between the department and outside organizations, etc.).

Part 2-Management
•Discuss the pros and cons of participatory management in a law enforcement department. Include a mention of how participatory management might affect staff morale.
•Explain the goals you intend to set for your deputies as well as the overall department. (Hint-Increased arrests may not be as important as community satisfaction and lower crime rate). Ideally, your goals should be consistent with your mission statement.

My mission statement – The mission of the Shorter County Sheriff’s Office is to provide a “safe and secure environment, professional, high-quality services for the residents and visitors of Shorter County at through department programs and community policing efforts. This goal will be achieved through a mutually cooperative relationship between the Sheriff’s Office, the other Shorter County law enforcement agencies, and the community it serves.
My mission statement reflects the open system theory because it receives input from the outside and release information to the environment. Not only does it make the department organized but it serves different people in the communities.

Support your responses with examples.

Cite any sources in APA format.


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