Final Report of the Task Force on 21st Century Policing


Police Leadership Challenges in a Changing World

Police Leadership Challenges in the Changing World

Source: National Institute of Justice and Harvard Kennedy School

Authors: Anthony W. Batts, Sean Michael Smoot and Ellen Scrivner

Overview: Effective police leaders become adept at responding to challenge. Like other organizations, police agencies must balance constancy and predictability with adaptation and change. Even as they strive to standardize operations, most police leaders recognize the fluid context in which their agencies operate. They also understand that there are forces to which police organizations must adapt and evolve in order to remain effective in a changing world. It is those forces that drive organizational change and create new models for conducting the business of policing.

Preparing the Community for Community Policing: The Next Step in Advancing Community Policing


Contributing Author: Charles Ramsey

Community policing is defined by two key concepts: partnerships and problem solving. Problems of crime and disorder are addressed not simply by reacting to problems that have already occurred, but attacked through a problem-solving orientation that is proactive and comprehensive. However, defining the concept of community policing has proven a lot easier than getting them firmly embedded and fully operational in police departments and communities. Preparing the police for community policing has involved getting them to buy into the concept, and providing them with the basic skills and techniques needed. Developing new mission statements and making significant organizational, structural, and policy changes have been done to bring agencies into compliance with the principles of community policing.

Mending Justice – Sentinel Review


Contributing Author: Sean M. Smoot

Mending Justice: Sentinel Event Reviews explores the potential to learn from errors in the criminal justice system by applying a sentinel event review approach.

The primary essay — written by James Doyle, a Visiting Fellow with NIJ for two years — discusses how principles used by aviation and medicine to improve outcomes could be adopted in criminal justice.

The book includes a message from the Attorney General and 16 commentaries from highly respected representatives of criminal justice researchers, practitioners and other stakeholders