This paper uses the control system perspective developed by Ouchi (1977, 1979) and other organization theory concepts to theoretically analyze the paramilitary model used by police organizations. The paramilitary model is viewed as a form of bureaucratic organization that is inappropriate or a "misfit" for the policing function. Criticisms are offered regarding its failure to (I) consider important dimensions of organizational behavior and rationality, and (2) explicitly recognize the uncertainty inherent in police goals, environment, and technology. An alternative is offered that proposes (I) eliminating the paramilitary ideology, (2) increasing professionalization of the occupation of policing, and (3) utilizing professional bureaucracy and "adhocracy" organizational designs.

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