Making of senior police leaders: A comparative study of police executive leadership training in India, Australia and USA

Vipul Kumar

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis


Senior police leadership (police executive) is the fountainhead of frontline or street police leadership. Amidst the growing complexity of the policing landscape – with increasingly more difficult challenges like terrorism and serious organised crime on one hand, and shrinking resources with increasing accountability on the other – preparing present and future senior police leaders requires close attention of practitioners and academics alike. There is limited academic literature and empirical research available on the process of developing and training effective police leaders of all ranks, much less on the development and training of senior police leaders or police executives. This thesis presents the results of research study of the flagship police executive leadership development training programs of India, Australia and the United States of America – a comparative study – employing ethnographical cross-case study methodology with a strong qualitative approach. The purpose of comparison is not to evaluate one training program against another in order to find the best one; it is to compare and contrast the police leadership development process. The objective is to study commonalities and variations in these programs in order to gain an insight into the importance of context and environment, relevance and significance of the programs, and further to investigate contemporary police leadership attributes, behaviours and competencies (the ABCs of leadership) desired of police executives. Besides a theoretical framework of police executive leadership, this study resulted in a set of recommendations for senior police leaders in democratic societies to strengthen the police leadership development process in general and the police executive development in particular, and another set of recommendations for undertaking future research.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Bronitt, Simon, Principal Supervisor
  • Mishra, Ashutosh, Co-Supervisor, External person
  • Linsdell, Gregory, Co-Supervisor
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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