Leadership in problem-oriented policing

Mazerolle, Lorraine, Darroch, Steve and White, Gentry (2013) Leadership in problem-oriented policing. Policing-An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, 36 3: 543-560. doi:10.1108/PIJPSM-06-2012-0055

Author Mazerolle, Lorraine
Darroch, Steve
White, Gentry
Title Leadership in problem-oriented policing
Journal name Policing-An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1363-951X
Publication date 2013-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/PIJPSM-06-2012-0055
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 36
Issue 3
Start page 543
End page 560
Total pages 18
Place of publication Bingley, W Yorks, United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald Group
Language eng
Abstract Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to explore the role of leadership in problem-oriented policing (POP).
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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore the role of leadership in problem-oriented policing (POP).

Design/methodology/approach: This paper uses interrupted time series models to isolate the impact on crime trends of a transformational leader's efforts to spearhead the implementation of a program of POP, called the problem solving model (PSM), in a southern state in Australia.

Findings: This paper finds that the PSM led directly to an impact on overall crime, with a significant reduction in crimes per 100,000 persons per year after the introduction of the PSM. The majority of the overall crime drop attributable to implementation of POP was driven by reductions in property crime. It was noted that the leadership influence of the PSM was not effective in reducing all types of crime. Crimes against the person where not affected by the introduction of the PSM and public nuisance crimes largely followed the forecasted, upward trajectory.

Practical implications: The driver behind the PSM was Commissioner Hyde and the success of the PSM is largely attributable to his strong commitment to transformational leadership and a top-down approach to implementation. These qualities encapsulate the original ideas behind POP that Goldstein (1979, 2003), back in 1979, highlighted as critical for the success of future POP programs.

Social implications: Reducing crime is an important part of creating safe communities and improving quality of life for all citizens. This research shows that successful implementation of the PSM within South Australia under the strong leadership of Commissioner Hyde was a major factor in reducing property crime and overall crime rates.

Originality/value: This paper is valuable because it demonstrates the link between strong leadership in policing, the commissioner's vision for POP and how his vision then translated into widespread adoption of POP. The study empirically shows that the statewide adoption of POP led to significant reductions in crime, particularly property crime.
Keyword Policing
Problem-oriented policing
Organizational reform
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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