Organizational Change in the Washington, D.C. Police Department

Jeffrey A. Roth, University of Pennsylvania

A major organizational change initiative began in April 1998 in the Metropolitan Police of the District of Columbia. The initiative was intended to streamline and strengthen support functions, to upgrade the department's policing capacity, to strengthen geographic accountability, and to build police-community problem-solving partnerships. This paper describes the initiative and presents findings on how it changed measures of communication patterns among senior command staff, staff morale, policing stylels, and community perceptions of the police department.

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