Law enforcement leaders have relied for years on a top-down management model that does not allow the agencies to service their community and employees at the highest level. This perspective offers a new approach, called the bottom-up method, which focuses on information and decision making at the lowest level that help inform law enforcement leaders.

Key points:

  • The top-down approach to law enforcement management offers limited ideas and solutions.
  • The bottom-up approach stimulates thoughts and ideas at the ground level.
  • The bottom-up approach takes into consideration key stakeholders such as the community and business leaders in setting annual goals for the department.