***** Operational Mid-Level Management for Police, 4th Edition. By John L. Coleman. Charles C. Thomas Publisher, Ltd.; ccthomas.com; 468 pages; $64.95; also available as e-book.
The fourth edition of this comprehensive tome is devoted to managerial issues of first-line supervisors in law enforcement agencies. The author defines a mid-level manager as one who is “directly responsible for the operational duties performed by line personnel.”
Author John Coleman, a retired major from a large metropolitan police department, provides the reader with solid information about leadership, especially as it relates to the decision-making process. Moreover, he addresses the relevant managerial issues that supervisors must be aware of to adeptly perform their responsibilities.
This text will benefit first-line supervisors, but the real richness of this work is in its appeal to all who are concerned with leadership. Within the police context, anyone from officer to chief of police who is interested in leadership will profit from reading this work.