You have been appointed the new commissioner of the Anderson Valley police Department. Anderson Valley is a suburban city 60 miles from a major U.S. city; it has a population of 30,000 people and a police department of 100 officers. The major police problems in Anderson Valley are disorderly teens making unnecessary noise at night, parking and traffic problems in the commercial district during business hours, and daytime residential burglaries.
The former commissioner’s assistant tells you that the department has no organizational chart, no written rules or procedures, and has always done a great job in the past. Anderson Valley’s city manager, however, tells you that the former commissioner was incompetent and that the department is totally disorganized and ineffective.
You review the department’s personnel records and find that of the 100 officers in the department, 30 percent are patrol officers, 30 percent are detectives, and 40 percent are supervisors. In view of what you learned in this chapter, would you reorganize the department? Why, or why not? If you would reorganize, how would you do it?