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This article will compare three large law enforcement agency mission statements to what I originally designed for a mission statement for my agency in my discussion board assignment. I chose to …

This article will compare three large law enforcement agency mission statements to what I originally designed for a mission statement for my agency in my discussion board assignment. I chose to research the Philadelphia Police Department, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Phoenix Arizona Police Department. This article will describe the missions of each of these three agencies, their organizational structure, and the major areas of its services. I will describe how my mission statement compares with these three agency statements, and determine if there was something I could have added to my statement or to any of the three working law enforcement agencies statements. I will also provide an explanation of whether or not I think any of these agencies can improve on the allocation of personnel and show How unless I feel one or all of them are adequate and explain Why I came to that conclusion. The thesis for this Article is “The Spirit of what keeps justice alive is not a form of law” (AIU Online - CRJ206, 2009)

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  • 1. Running Head: COMPARING MISSION STATEMENTS<br />Organizational Structure & Administration<br />Carla J. McCoy<br />Unit 1 Individual Project - CRJ206<br />March 29th, 2009<br />American InterContinental University <br />Abstract<br />This article will compare three large law enforcement agency mission statements to what I originally designed for a mission statement for my agency in my discussion board assignment. I chose to research the Philadelphia Police Department, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Phoenix Arizona Police Department. This article will describe the missions of each of these three agencies, their organizational structure, and the major areas of its services. I will describe how my mission statement compares with these three agency statements, and determine if there was something I could have added to my statement or to any of the three working law enforcement agencies statements. I will also provide an explanation of whether or not I think any of these agencies can improve on the allocation of personnel and show How unless I feel one or all of them are adequate and explain Why I came to that conclusion. The thesis for this Article is “The Spirit of what keeps justice alive is not a form of law” (AIU Online - CRJ206, 2009)<br />Introduction<br />It’s not often someone get’s the opportunity to review and research the Organizational Structure, Mission Statements, and Areas of Service among Police Departments and compare it with their own Mission Statement they would have presented among a Police Department in the United States. With this opportunity comes a comparison of three of the biggest Police Department Agencies in the United States vs. one that was created by an Undergraduate Student among a highly honored University like AIU. I do truly believe that the Spirit of what keeps Justice Alive is not a form of law, but rather a form of ethics and morals within each individual. This article provides extensive information from an Undergraduate Student and her creation of a Police Departments Mission Statement where she will take it and compare it to three of the biggest Police Departments in the United States and show the differences they each entail. Her personal opinion on Personnel Allocation among all of these police departments is evident as well as the personal opinion of her own article she wrote to see just how different each city, jurisdiction, county, state, unit, and department can truly be. It takes Creativity to accomplish a task such as this one, but also takes Spirit which in the end will result in Justice for every Individual. <br />Three Missions, Organizational Structure, and Areas of Service<br />The Philadelphia Police Department defines its mission as “to fight crime and the fear of crime, including terrorism, by working with our partners to enforce the laws, apprehend offenders, prevent crime from occurring, and improve the quality of life for all Philadelphians.” (Philadelphia Police Department: Mission Statement, 2009) The Los Angeles Police Department is “To safeguard the lives and property of the people we serve, to reduce the incidence and fear of crime, and to enhance public safety while working with the diverse communities to improve their quality of life. Our Mandate is to do so with honor and integrity, while at all times conducting ourselves with the highest ethical standards to maintain public confidence.” (The Los Angeles Police Department Mission Statement 2004-2008) The Phoenix Arizona Police Department has a Professional Standards Mission Statement that is divided up into sections such as Misconduct Investigations, Police-Involved Shooting and Use of Force Investigations, In-Custody Death Investigations, Driving Incident Investigations Involving Injury to a Citizen, Non-Investigative Functions, Internal Audits and Reports, Responsibilities, the Mayor’s Security Detail, and last but not least along with how to contact them. They also have an Air Support Mission Statement, a Police Mission, and Fire Mission. (City of Phoenix Mission Statements 2009) <br />When reviewing each of these three agencies Organizational Structure I noticed that the Philadelphia Police Department is the fourth largest metropolitan police agency among the United States as well as the fourth largest per capita among twenty of the largest cities in America. The Organizational Structure they provide is extensive and well thought out. Not only are they divided up accordingly but they are subdivided into various geographical patrol divisions as among twenty three patrol districts which would take up most of this page if I were to present the entire Organizational Structure of this particular Police Department. (Philadelphia Police Department, 2009) When reviewing the Los Angeles Police Department I noticed that they are responsible for encompassing 467 square miles and 18 community areas which represent approximately 3.8 million residents. They provide an Organizational Structure in the form of various Organizational Charts for the public to view and after all with 3.8 million residents to tend to, the Organizational Structure would be enormously overwhelming for Los Angeles. (The Los Angeles Police Department, 2004-2008) The Phoenix Arizona Police Department’s Organizational Structure has two committees that have both developed an action plan for Fight Back which include a Purpose, a Mission, Goals, Roles, Focus, and Benefits so each of these three Organizational Structures are very different from one another. (City of Phoenix, 2009) <br />The major areas of service for the Philadelphia Police Department is the Operations Bureau which consists of each and every uniformed officer you will see working on the streets whether in specialized units, or whether they are detectives investigating crimes. (Philadelphia Police Department, 2009) The major areas of service for the Los Angeles Police Department are so wide and so many various departments are needed that they have listed 13 pages full of major service pages on their website. One doesn’t outweigh the other, but rather all areas of service are needed in such a huge city. The Major Events Planning Unit did create a Traffic Special Operations Task Force that would be conducting routine O and P inspections this month of March, 2009. (The Los Angeles Police Department, 2004-2008) The major areas of service for the Phoenix Arizona Police Department would be among Undercover Detectives, Investigations, Motorcycle Officers, K-9 Handler, Bomb Squad, Special Assignment Unit (SWAT), Field Training Officer, Gang Squad Officer, School Resource Officer, and Helicopter Pilots. There are so many listed here because they are the largest law enforcement agency in the State which also provides many opportunities and assignments. (City of Phoenix, 2009) <br />My Mission Statement in Comparison<br />The Mission Statement I came up with for my Law Enforcement Agency was “To deliver a product of service to the community and beyond, which strives for an improved level of service not only to the community but to the agency as well. We strive in upholding the highest standards of ethics, conduct, behavior, performance, appearance and demeanor.” (Richland Police Department, 2004-2009) My Mission statement in comparison with the three other local law enforcement agencies is a little different because it isn’t as specific or detailed and to the point as the other major law enforcement agencies Mission Statements. Although all the Mission Statements hold statements to protect the Community they are done in various different ways with much different wording which can make all the difference in the world. (AIU Online - CRJ206, 2009)<br />Additions to Mine and Their Statements<br />I could have added more to my own Mission Statement about terrorism, protection, the life of citizens, and fighting crime. After the research I’ve done I’ve decided that a Mission Statement really couldn’t hurt to be a little longer in length providing citizens with a more comfortable outlook on what the Local Law Enforcement Agencies really striving for and desire to accomplish and I feel all law enforcement agencies could do this. I think when it comes to the Phoenix Arizona Police Department for example, that the division of their Mission Statement is confusing and hard to understand because it basically leaves people to believe or feel as though their mission is different depending on the job they are doing or the department they work in. (AIU Online - CRJ206, 2009)<br />Allocation of Personnel<br />I do feel that improvement on the Allocation of Personnel could be improved by doing various things such as Volunteer work for example. I think that the community should be allowed to be a big part of conducting their own investigations if they can do it safely and more efficiently than an individual officer of the local law enforcement agency could. People want to help the local Police more than they know, so allowing them to become part of the Allocation in their own ways possibly without even getting paid unless arrests are made would help solve more crimes than just depending on those who have been trained to do so. Narks or Snitches as they call them here where I live are not taken to kindly, however if the community was allowed to be involved in things like following people, staking a scene out, or even being right in the midst of it, I believe crime would go down tremendously. It takes more than a Nark or Snitch to apprehend an offender because to many people are suspicious, but if they knew everyone was allowed to do things as I’ve listed then perhaps they’d think twice of committing the crime to begin with. I think an improvement in the Allocation of Personnel could be improved also by providing less departments and co-joining teams together into one allocation. It would provide less paperwork, and would allow each department (although higher in numbers) to be reviewed more efficiently. When you have an Allocation that involves 13 pages worth of Departments, well to me there is something wrong with that picture and it becomes confusing. (AIU Online - CRJ206, 2009)<br />Conclusion<br />As my thesis reads in the beginning of my article here, The Spirit of what keeps justice alive is not a form of law reigns true throughout all local law enforcement agencies and every citizen of the United States. We’ve all know there are good cops vs. bad cops; good people vs. bad. People who have good ethics and morals will be able to allow Justice to take form. The comparisons of each of these mission statements, the allocation of personnel, the organizational Structure, and areas of Service that is needed most are all areas that need special attention in order to provide a safe, behavioral performance in order to keep the citizens among the United States safe and secure. Considering the fact that the laws change from state to state lead me to believe that it is truly our own ethics and morals that will keep offenders off the streets and in the hands of people where they can receive the help and treatment they need. It has been my pleasure to present you with this article of precise information that you can use for future use. (AIU Online - CRJ206, 2009)<br />References<br />AIU Online Unit 1 Individual Project CRJ206 Classroom:<br />AIU Online - CRJ206, (2009) American InterContinental University Organizational Structure<br /> And Administration Unit 1 Individual Project retrieved on March 30th, 2009 from: https://mycampus.aiu-online.com <br />AIU Online Unit 1 Discussion Board CRJ206 Classroom: <br />AIU Online – CRJ206, (2009) American InterContinental University Organizational Structure<br /> And Administration Unit 1 Discussion Board Reference retrieved on March 30th, 2009 from: https://mycampus.aiu-online.com <br />Online Document: <br />Richland Police Department, (2004-2009) Strategic Positioning Document Public Copy retrieved<br /> On March 24th, 2009 from: http://www.ci.richland.wa.us/RICHLAND/police/docs/61/docs/Stategic%20Positioning%20Document%20Publics%20Copy.pdf?CFID=1493519&CFTOKEN=86744277<br />Web Pages:<br />Philadelphia Police Department, (2009) Headquarters ppdonline.org retrieved on March 30th,<br /> 2009 from: http://www.ppdonline.org/<br />Los Angeles Police Department, (2009) Headquarters retrieved on March 30th, 2009 from:<br /> http://www.lapdonline.org/<br />Phoenix Arizona Police Department, (2009) City of Phoenix retrieved on March 30th, 2009 from:<br /> http://www.phoenix.gov/index.html<br />American Psychological Association. (2001). Publication manual of the American Psychological<br /> Association (5th ed.). Library Find Web Resources Tab retrieved from: https://mycampus.aiu-online.com<br />

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