Police Bureaucracies: Debunking the Myth of Singularity

Robert H. Langworthy, University of Alaska Anchorage

Police organizational literature is replete with references to police organizations as rigid, hierarchial, para-military bureaucracies. This singular definition of police organizations ignores variation in organizational structure, stifles research about structures, and impedes systematic understanding of research findings. This poster will explore the singularity myth along organizational structure lines and propose an empirically defined taxonomy of structures.

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