Organizing to Manage Risks in Law Enforcement

Jeff Rojek, University of Missouri - St. Louis

Risk management has become a popular practice in modern organizations. An emerging body of literature has shed light on the phenomena by focusing in the nature of risks and resulting responses in organizations. This literature has given particular attention to those risk situations that have the potential to cause serious physical injury to individuals and/or destruction of valued objects. The present study extends this literature to police organizations. This is done by integrating the findings of an extensive multi-level study of a police tactical unit with the propositions identified by the organizational risk literature. Discussion is given to applying this framework to future research on tactical units, and police organizations in general.

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Updated 05/20/2006