Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

Managing Innovation of Policing

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_388


This entry seeks to address some of the main issues in relation to the management of innovation in public policing without the pretense of being exhaustive. This entry will first contextualize innovation in public policing by paying attention to evolutions in our contemporary society. Second, the entry zooms in on the content of innovations in public policing and aspects of the process of diffusion. Third, attention is focused on challenges related to the process of managing these innovations. Finally, the entry concludes by suggesting some ideas for future research, which are needed to move forward in the field of managing innovation in public policing.


All innovations represent change but not all changes are innovative (Etter 1995, p. 278).

Managing the innovation of public policing is a challenge for police leaders around the world. These innovations are driven by evolutions in our contemporary society, and chance events are often related to the upsurge of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Economics and Business AdministrationGhent UniversityGhentBelgium