SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3N209323
Module Leader n/a
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Management
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The aims of the module are principally two-fold. First, it provides students with a detailed knowledge of the workings of the Police Service in Great Britain, taking into account its history, constitutional setting, structures, policy-making roles, resources, operations, performance management and measurement, and comparisons with police services in other countries. Second, it develops students? critical skills in analysing contemporary problems such as the nature or tripartite governance, maintaining a balance between leadership and community consultation, manpower levels, procedures for complaints, freedom of Information, personnel and training issues, and delivery of Best Value.


1. Introduction: overview of module2. The police service: tasks, conditions and purposes (e.g. statutory duties, tri-partite governance, devolution, EU Dimension)3. Public management reform and police management4. Public policy, accountability and the police5. Managing in the police service: the managerial role; operations management; leadership; partnerships; power and conflict; community involvement, youth initiatives6. Managing in the police service: HRM (e.g. pay, training. ethnic diversity, stress management)7. Managing in the police service: measuring and managing police performance (e.g. PIs, Best Value)8. Managing in the police service: records and information management9. Managing in the police service: financial management (e.g. PFI, PPP)10. International co-operation/comparisons with other countries11. The future of police management12. Conclusion: review of module

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:1. Have a solid understanding of the management of the police service in Great Britain, and of specific specialist areas such as training, operations and performance measurement.2. Show confident familiarity with broad areas such as the roles and responsibilities of the police service, as well as specialist areas such as accountability, leadership and possible future directions for policing. 3. Reveal a working understanding of the limits of knowledge in this area (e.g recognising that judgements on police management depends to a certain extent on our attitudes to matters such as the balance between pro-active leadership and community consultation, what the priorities of the police service should be, and debates on the role of performance indicators).

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures will provide students with an introduction to main themes and issues, whilst seminars will allow group discussion on specified topics - thus allowing students a substantial degree of autonomy and self-direction in terms of their input into these. At the beginning of the semester, students will be given a module handbook which will list a wide range of general and specialist reading on the range of issues covered by the module. Students will be encouraged to us this base for essays/seminars/examinations, but will also be encouraged to adopt a self-directed approach and supplement this through use of the internet, relevant quality newspapers, journals, publications by bodies such as the Association of Chief Police Officers, Association of Police Officers and National Crime Squad.

Indicative Reading

Audit Commission (2001) Best Foot Forward: Headquarters? Support for Basic Command Units - Management Paper, Audit Commission.Button, M. (2002) Private Policing, Willan.Crawford, A. (2002) Crime and Insecurity, Willan.Fyfe, J.J. (1996) Police Administration, McGraw Hill, 5th Edition.Giles, H. (2002) Law Enforcement, Communication, and Community, John Benjamins.Hess, K. and Wrobleski, H. (2002) Police Operations, Wadsworth.HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (1998) What Price Policing? A Study Of Efficiency And Value For Money In The Police Service, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary.Hough, M. and Fitzgerald, M. (2002) Policing for London, Willan.Jason-Lloyd, L. (2002) Introduction to Policing and Police Powers, Cavendish.Johnson, G. and Scholes, K. (2001) Exploring Corporate Strategy, Prentice Hall, 6th Edition.Joyce, P. (1999) Strategic Management for the Public Services, Open University Press.Loveday, B. (1997) `Management Accountability in Public Services: A Police Case Study?, in Isaac-Henry, K. Painter, C. and Barnes, C. (eds) Management in the Public Sector: Challenge and Change, 2nd Edition, Thomson.Loveday, (1999) `Managing the Police?, in Horton, S. and Farnham, D. Public Management in Britain, Macmillan.Mawby, R.I. (1999) Policing Across the World, UCL. Morash, M. (2002) The Move to Community Policing, Sage.O?Byrne, M. (2001) Changing Policing, Russell House.Oliver, I. (1996), Police, Government and Accountability, Macmillan, 2nd Edition.Police Foundation (1996) The Role and Responsibility of the Police, Police Foundation.Purpura, P.P. (2001) Police and Community, Allyn and Bacon.Rawlings, P. (2001) Policing: A Short History, Willan.Sampson, F. (2002) Preparing for Duty, Oxford University Press.Sampson, F. and De Silva, N. (2001) Police Conduct, Complaints and Efficiency, Blackstone. Sheptycki,J. W. E. (2002), In Search of the Transnational Police, Ashgate 2002.Wilson, D. Ashton, J. (2001) What Everyone in Britain Should Know About the Police, Blackstone.Wright, A. (2001) Policing, Willan.

Transferrable Skills

At the end of the module, students should be able to: 1. Engage effectively in a variety of contexts such as debates, producing structured essays and giving presentations.2. Apply where appropriate a limited selection of numerical skills (e.g. relation to funding or police manpower)3. Demonstrate a limited selection of IT skills, particularly in terms of accessing materials available on a variety of news/professional body websites.4. Adopt a broad-ranging and flexible approach to study, identifying their own learning needs and pursuing activities designed to meet these needs in an increasingly independent way.5. Interact effectively in a group setting, displaying basic skills such as group support and leadership

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 36.00
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Assessment (FT) 60.00
Independent Learning (FT) 78.00
Seminars (PT) 12.00
Assessment (PT) 60.00
Independent Learning (PT) 84.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 0.00 50.00 35% Unseen Exam
Coursework 0.00 40.00 35% Essay
Exam (School) 0.00 10.00 35% Group Presentation