Police Managment – art or science?

Dujovski, Nikola and Mojanoski, Cane (2013) Police Managment – art or science? In: International scientific conference: The Balkans between past and future : security, conflict resolution and Euro-Atlantic integration, 05-08 June 2013,, 5-8.06.2013, Ohrid.

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This paper deals with Police management in democratic societies, considering the question of whether the Police management is an art or science or both. Discussion on police management as an art involves systematic application of knowledge and skills in order to achieve an objective. The basic premise in the definition of Police management as a skill is its application. Accordingly, Police managers must apply their knowledge and skills to the achievement of goals and objectives of the Police. Science involves a systematic study of the subject leading to a general knowledge about the subject. There are different types of science which are more or less related to management. For instance, if we consider the exact sciences such as chemistry or physics, they are not related to management, especially to Police management. The research analyzes the characteristics of natural and physical sciences, in which the experiments often take place in a laboratory setting; as such, they cannot be applied to the study of management and organizational culture. However, this does not mean that managers and researchers cannot conduct valuable research on relation to the Police. It means that when dealing with the complexity of organizational life, conducting research is more difficult, and therefore the results may not be as exact as it would be expected. The inexact sciences such as psychology or sociology have been used to systematically study organizational behavior and to develop general concepts and methods of the work of the Police officers. Sustained Police management is the combination of art and science in a continuous effort to achieve a consensus among as many concerned parties as possible, implying to the activities and behavior of Police, without neglecting the actors who are not part of the consensus. A successful Police manager should be guided by the importance of the rule of law, improve his or her understanding of how the Police can become both more effective and more efficient, and strive to improve the quality of the services performed by the employees and the members of the community. Key words: management, police management, art, science.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Other social sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Security
Depositing User: Olivera Trajanova
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2017 10:44
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2017 10:44
URI: http://eprints.uklo.edu.mk/id/eprint/900

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