Craftmanship is mastery - About the need to professionalize police leadership

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Police leaders play an important part in the steering of the organisation of the local police. They are also vulnerable. This article discusses the need for professionalism for this category of leaders. We argue that police leadership has become a discipline with its own development process and set of requirements for the job. The question arises what 'professionalism' means for police leadership as a discipline? How can police leadership as a discipline be developed or professionalised?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial analysis of security
Subtitle of host publicationFinancial, Economic and Ecological Crime | Crime, (In)security and (Dis)trust | Public and Private Policing
EditorsPaul Ponsaers
Place of PublicationThe Hague
PublisherEleven international Publishing
ISBN (Electronic)978‐94‐6094‐627‐1
ISBN (Print)978-94-90947-74-3
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameHet groene gras
PublisherBoom Lemma

Bibliographical note

Paul Ponsaers


  • Police
  • police leadership
  • professionalisation
  • police education
  • police management


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