Police Reform: An Analysis of Organizational Change and Political Control of a Bureaucracy
Overdier, Frederick C.
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Since this project was done here in Kalamazoo, I wanted to put particular emphasis on the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety and other local police agencies. Along with the research, I did an internship in the Witness Unit of the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor's Office, which compromised nearly 300 hours. From that work I was able to observe the close working relationship between the prosecutors and the police. I also attended a session at the police academy where James Gregart, the Prosecuting Attorney, was lecturing, and I interviewed a number of other individuals who are involved locally in criminal justice or police work. I have collected information from a wide variety of sources - academic works, media and journalism, and from books written by recognized chiefs of police. The issues of police reform are very broad so I could not be as comprehensive in my analysis as I would have liked. Instead, I have advocated a particular point of view. It is my hope that this paper is an accurate and helpful summation of the subject for its readers.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.