Police Leaders as Thinkers

Book chapter

Coxhead, J. 2023. Police Leaders as Thinkers. in: Verma, A. and Das, D. K. (ed.) Police Leaders as Thinkers Springer, Cham. pp. 65-78
AuthorsCoxhead, J.
EditorsVerma, A. and Das, D. K.

Policing is about public service, and the future betterment of its function can be aided by a more thinking approach within its leadership. Given the complexity and change facing policing simply doing more of the same is problematic, as a focus on policing transactionally arresting its way out of challenges will not work in the future. In this chapter, thinking about police thinking reveals the benefits of reflexivity in shaping a more agile and listening service mission. In particular, the role of police leaders in setting the cultural ethos of thinking as a valuable operational tool is examined with examples of how this is possible by drawing upon contemporary practitioner experiences and insights.

Keywordspolicing; leadership
Book titlePolice Leaders as Thinkers
Page range65-78
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Publication dates
Online22 Feb 2023
Publication process dates
Deposited18 Jan 2024
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-19700-0_4
Web address (URL)https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-031-19700-0
Copyright holder© 2023 The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
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