Los Angeles Police Department Meltdown
The Fall of the Professional-Reform Model of Policing
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The book reveals a special inside study performed by the author under the exclusive authority of LAPD Chief of Police Daryl Gates to investigate why the department had begun to disintegrate following the Rodney King incident, and how, if possible, it could be salvaged. The findings presented are based on first-hand written accounts of LAPD officer informants who describe their observations of the department's meltdown as it occurred. These accounts explain why the crime-fighting enforcement style of the once highly regarded Professional-Reform Model of policing (coined at the LAPD) was abandoned in police departments across the nation in favor of the less aggressive community-based policing model.
Lost for some 20 years under mysterious circumstances after collection and storage at the LAPD, these officer informant materials were recently retrieved and made available for analysis. They are presented in their entirety in this book.
In every respect, this work is the final word on why and how the LAPD-a police organization emulated throughout the world-ultimately self-destructed after 41 years of serving and protecting the City of Angels.
Parker's Thin Blue Line: The Professional-Reform Model (PRM) of Policing: Historical Overview. The Study: A Qualitative Analysis of LAPD's Organizational Dying Declarations. Assessing the Meltdown. The Rodney King Incident. Politicians, Special Interest Groups, and Community Influences. Hiring, Promotions, and Affirmative Action. Management and Administration. Quantitative Analyses. Conclusions and Policy Recommendations Reconstructing the Meltdown. Appendix: Officer Statements.