Chapter 8 Police leadership in wicked times: how Norwegian police leaders have experienced and responded to the Covid-19 pandemic
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The pandemic has been a stress test for the police service. This paper explores how Norwegian police leaders have experienced and responded to the Covid-19 pandemic based on a sample of police leaders (N=51 and the Oslo leadership group). A qualitative method was used where the informants answered a questionnaire with open answer alternatives. Two themes emerged regarding the identified challenges. First, the police leaders had to maintain an effective police service. Second, they had to practice "risk leadership". In responding to the crisis a model of police leadership is evolving. Adapting to new conditions means balancing policing provision against infection prevention, strengthen the police organization with crisis staff, from basic structures to adhocracy, increased flexibility and practicing of intent-based leadership.

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