The Application of Systems Thinking to Modern Policing

  • Trevor Pearce
  • Joyce Fortune


Policing is a complex activity that is subject to growing and ever changing political, social and economic pressures. This paper argues that it is an area that is particularly suited to systems thinking. The paper presents the findings of a search of UK literature into the extent to which systems have already been applied to policing, and suggests further areas of activity where systems thinking could usefully be applied thus putting forward an agenda for further research.


System Thinking Police Service Soft System Methodology Modern Police Viable System Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Trevor Pearce
    • 1
  • Joyce Fortune
    • 2
  1. 1.Kent County ConstabularyPolice HeadquartersMaidstone, KentUK
  2. 2.Faculty of TechnologyThe Open University, East Midlands RegionNottinghamUK

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