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Mission creep and the compromising of strategic direction in United Kingdom Police Services. An exploratory study of the evidence.
EGPA (2010)
  • Gordon Marnoch, University of Ulster
  • Gavin Boyd
  • John Topping
Abstract
This paper examines key problems facing United Kingdom police leaders face in meeting the service expectations of government and the public in a period of austerity. A central problem relates to the extent to which the police leader’s opportunity to pursue strategic actions appropriate to changing circumstances, has been compromised by ‘mission creep’. The empirical evidence presented here is based on a study of one large English police service supplemented by interviews conducted with senior officers in this and other police services. The paper concludes that mission creep and path dependency are inter-linked.
Keywords
  • policing,
  • mission creep,
  • strategy,
  • path dependency
Publication Date
September, 2010
Citation Information
Gordon Marnoch, Gavin Boyd and John Topping. "Mission creep and the compromising of strategic direction in United Kingdom Police Services. An exploratory study of the evidence." EGPA (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/gordon_marnoch/11/