Comparative Policing from a Legal Perspective
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Comparative Policing from a Legal Perspective

Edited by Monica den Boer

Public police forces are a regular phenomenon in most jurisdictions around the world, yet their highly divergent legal context draws surprisingly little attention. Bringing together a wide range of police experts from all around the world, this book provides an overview of traditional and emerging fields of public policing, New material and findings are presented with an international-comparative perspective, it is a must-read for students of policing, security and law and professionals in related fields.
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Chapter 21: Police leadership: a comparative consideration of legislative imperatives in the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States

Victoria Herrington and Joseph A Schafer


Global police leadership is a complex business. Comparing police leadership in three jurisdictions, namely Australia, Canada and the United States, the authors observe that despite common roots and similarities, decades of independent evolution have resulted in unique police leadership imperatives. Each nation has a policing system has experienced its own evolutionary trajectory, grounded in unique social expectations and political controls. The analysis shows that each country has a different relationship to its stakeholders, community, government, and workforce, as well as a different approach to the management, administration, and leadership of police organizations and personnel. Within each system of policing, specific responses are required to ensure leadership development and sufficient leader and organizational accountability. The three policing systems can do more to increase accountability through formal mandates and government control. While lessons can be learnt from another, the policing systems face challenges in finding the balance between organizational autonomy and organizational accountability.

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