Week 2 discussion 2
vs. Cooperative Models
Compare the confrontational and
cooperative police labor-management models. What organizational circumstances
are necessary for each model to be successful? What organizational or community
situations make one model more appropriate than the other? Which model do you
confrontational model on police labor and management has its place in policing.
According to the reading Chief Oliver needed to utilize this method to overhaul
the Detroit Police Department. He based his argument on the department’s lack
of discipline, professionalism, and lack of efficient policing.
Furthermore the model on confrontation where the police chief makes the
changes he wants and relies on his years of experience to guide their
decisions, after all in the words of Chief Oliver he is ultimately
responsible for the actions of the department. In this particular case where
there hasn’t been an outside hire for the Detroit Department since 1968, I see
fit to utilize this model to make the drastic and much needed changes to the
police department. There will always be individuals who dislike change, however
it sometime is needed.
model based on cooperation is a fantastic model to utilize as well. Chief Hurtt
describes the necessity for the unions and police management to work together
in a department. Mainly due to the reason that causing confrontation between
the two parts, will only cause frustration and make the public look down on the
police department. He goes on to explain that the public doesn’t care what the
fight is about between the police management and the union; all the public
cares about is, are they being taken care of and as a public service such as
policing the public is right in this aspect.
reading each of the two models I believe they both have their policing in
policing. What doesn’t belong is senseless confrontation that diminishes the
public’s faith in a departments abilities. If a chief has a top notch
department, you would be foolish to dismiss their thought on developing the
future of the department. If you are given a department in bad shape, you must
become a leader and fix the issues.
R., & Sanders, J. (2006, August). Police
labor-management relations (vol. I): Perspective and practical solution for
implementing change, making reforms, and handling crisis for managers and union
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
Retrieved from http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/files/ric/Publications/e07063417.pdf
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