Police leadership in the 21st century

Graham Sunderland, Ian Stewart

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There has been so much written about “police leadership” that one may be excused for assuming that leadership within a policing environment is somehow different from other organisations within the public or private sector. Different or not, leadership must be accepted as a crucial aspect of any organisation’s ability to operate within Australia in the 21st century (Pearson-Goff & Herrington, 2014). This chapter examines what it means to be a leader within the police service in the 21st century, and focuses on a variety of aspects that impact the reputation of contemporary leaders. For decades, the police have been accused of being resistant to change and their leadership unable to adapt to keep up with societal dynamics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralian policing
Subtitle of host publicationCritical issues in 21st century police practice
EditorsPhilip Birch, Michael Kennedy, Erin Kruger
Place of PublicationAbingdon, England
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781003028918
ISBN (Print)9780367464677, 9780367464660
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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