The Myth of the “Military Model” of Leadership in Law Enforcement

  title={The Myth of the “Military Model” of Leadership in Law Enforcement},
  author={Thomas Cowper},
  journal={Police Quarterly},
  pages={228 - 246}
Law enforcement is generally understood to be a paramilitary pursuit based on a specific “military model” of leadership and organization. This article analyzes the so-called military model in law enforcement and dispels the notion that police officers and their departments are patterned after the real military. It draws on the author's personal experience as well as on historical works and military doctrinal publications. It illustrates the problems caused within policing by the false… 

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