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Policing at the Top: The Roles, Values and Attitudes of Chief Police Officers

Bryn Caless


The world of the chief police officer is not clearly understood, even by those within policing, or by those who have formal and political oversight of police command. The police themselves argue that the only way to understand strategic command in the police is to do it, but that cannot be sustained as an argument for ignorance. The author of this book, with a background in governance and policing, had privileged access to this shadowy elite, and on the basis of confidential one-to-one interviews, obtained the frank and sometimes controversial, invariably robust views of serving chief police o ... More

Keywords: police, leadership, selection, appointment, command, confidentiality of views

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781447300168
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300168.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bryn Caless, author