Study Notes on Police Promotion Exams
With heavy focus on
management, administration and supervision
The module is not state specific. Review questions will
benefit you along your preparation effort regardless of your jurisdiction.
The police promotion exam is comprehensive. One has to go through a lot of
readings for learning the various exam topics. On the other hand, intensive review can focus your attention to your weak areas. This is where we
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THROUGH HEAVY FOCUS ON THE TOUGH TOPICS.
This study module places heavy focus on police management,
administration and supervision.
Police promotion exams have questions that
ask you to make the most appropriate decisions under some unique yet
difficult situations. You are expected to pick the best possible options.
To do this you need to know the underlying theories, principles and
Managing a police
organization is similar to managing most other types of organization - you
are dealing with people, and you need to have the soft skills necessary to
lead, to motivate, to communicate, and to manage. We design this study
notes from the ground up to fulfill such needs - you will learn the
underlying foundation of all these soft skills so you can pick the best
answers even when the questions are extremely difficult and tricky.
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SAMPLE TEXT on Police Management
Police Management is the administration of the application of enforcing
laws and policy of an organized political state, and also the authority
to operate and run an organization designed primarily for such purposes.
It may also include the authority of supervisory capacity governing over
those entrusted with enforcing said rules and regulations.
Thompson and Stricklandís (1998) framework of strategic management
provides five major activities of strategic management, which are:
Deciding what field the
organization will be in, forming a strategic vision, offering a set of
values and a general strategy.
issues and setting strategic objectives.
Crafting strategic plans
implementing the strategic plans of action for functional units.
Evaluating, revising and
refocusing for the future.
The first three deals with
strategy formulation, while the last two deals with strategy
implementation. Strategy formulation activities can be further broken
out into activities that focus on the organization as a whole and
activities specific to managing specific functions.
Unit fixed costs may vary inversely when more or fewer units are
produced and sold. If total production and sales increase, unit fixed
costs would decrease. On the contrary, if total production and sales
decrease, unit fixed costs would increase.
Fixed costs may be broken into discretionary and committed costs based
on whether one can quickly eliminate a particular fixed cost in the
short run. With Discretionary Fixed Costs, one may easily change
discretionary fixed costs in the short run by spending more or less on
the particular cost item. Generally, in the short run a business will
not be adversely affected if costs such as these got eliminated. On the
other hand, one would not be able to easily change committed fixed costs
in the short run.
SAMPLE TEXT on Vision, Mission and Values
A vision is managementís view of the kind of organization it is trying
to create, and its intent to stake out a particular position. A mission
statement defines an organizationís field and provides a clear view of
what the organization is trying to accomplish. Values are the strong
enduring beliefs and tenets that the organization holds. They help to
define the organization and differentiate it from other competitors.
Statements of general strategy portray how the organization plans to
pursue its vision and mission.
Under the concept of values-led police work, the police leader has a
fundamental responsibility to the staff and to the community.
Entitlement is the precursor belief that leads to wrongful acts, ranging
from minor to felonious. Entitlement spans the rank structure, and
facilitates Politics-based policing. To properly establish a
values-based policing, the police organization must invest resources
into permitting officers to review the dynamic process of values
formation and deterioration.
When developing a set of values for the police department, it is not
really a must to come up with a lengthy list. A few key values which,
when taken together, represent what the organization considers important
would be sufficient. Police management has to ensure that the values of
the department are well articulated throughout the police organization.
There should be a proper system in place to facilitate effective
communication of the values.
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