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    Although many police agencies today are rethinking their organization and goals, many still function using a hierarchical structure. Identify and discuss the chain of command and how problems can arise within the organizational structure.

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    The chain of command in police agencies is characterized by rigid and hierarchical structures that dissuade individuals on the lower level from making decisions and requires all decisions to emanate from the top of the pyramid. The police chief is at the top of the hierarchy followed by lieutenants, sergeants, and finally beat officers along this rigid chain of command flowing to the bottom. Because of the organizational structure that police organizations possess, they are typically mismanaged in regard to ideal management practices as the ...

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    The solution discusses the organizational structure within police agencies and their operations. The chain of command is explained in the answer, as well as how problems can occur within the organizational structure.