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Understanding the Police Mission
Lisa Dario

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The police have an impossible mandate, one imposed by the public but exacerbated by amorphous department missions. Furthermore, the content of these mission statements, and how they vary thematically by geographic location and size of department, is unknown. In 1978, James Q. Wilson’s seminal book, Varieties of Police Behavior highlighted three styles of policing: the watchman, the legalistic, and the service styles. Drawing on Wilson’s work, the presented information will expand the current understanding of typologies of policing styles. Using the 2013 Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) as a sampling frame, mission statements from 2,826 departments were manually collected from official law enforcement websites. This lecture will present findings from a qualitative content analysis of the sampled mission statements. Implications for policy and future research are also discussed. Those attending will gain knowledge of the history of the police mission, analyze differences in modern-day police department missions and goals, comprehend policing styles, and evaluate the usefulness of police missions in understanding organizational functions and police-community relations.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Lisa Dario is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University. Her research interests revolve around a variety of contemporary topics in policing, including problem-oriented strategies, police technology, and a current focus on police officer line of duty deaths. Her research has been published in Criminal Justice and Behavior, The Journal of Experimental Criminology, Crime and Delinquency, and Criminal Justice Studies. Dr. Dario teaches courses in Policing in America, and Problem Solving in Crime Situations.

Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Date: Monday, March 26, 2018
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $30 per event
$75 for any combination of three events, members only
$150 for any combination of eight events, members only

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