Why Law Enforcement Organizations Fail Patrick O’Hara’s book was written to puncture many of the myths and mistaken ideas about law enforcement agencies. The book could have been written, however, about any kind of organization. It really explains why agencies or organizations in general can fail, using the FBI, CIA and police departments as examples. O’Hara asserts that, “law enforcement agencies fail because of deeply rooted and largely hidden defects of structure, culture and collective behavior.” His goal is to “look at law enforcement failure through an organizational lens” (pp. 6, 13). O’Hara first defines “failure” as mistakes “of a magnitude that calls into question the fundamental ability of the organization to craft effective...The end:
.....ent. They explain in common sense terms what behaviors lead to a breakdown in effectiveness. Without looking at larger societal issues such as race, politics or the economy O’Hara’s management analysis approach identifies specific aspects of any organization that might be subject to failure. His examples, using highly publicized events, make it clear how small police departments or top secret spy agencies like the CIA are, by their very nature subject to certain institutional weaknesses. By exposing these weaknesses he provides a blueprint for improving law enforcement agencies. Reference O’Hara, Patrick. (2005). Why Law Enforcement Organization’s Fail: Mapping the Organizational Fault Lines in Policing. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.