Organized Crime Executive Summary

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Organized Crime: Executive Summary

Christopher Spruill


May 15, 2011

Leroy Hendricks




Organized Crime: Executive Summary

There are two contrasting organizational models of organized crime, the bureaucratic/ corporate model and the patron-client/network. The bureaucratic/corporate model is the method of organization that is vital for effectively conducting large-scale assignments. Byrnes (2003-2007), "As rational organizations that share a number of attributes, bureaucracies are complicated hierarches; employ an extensive division of labor; assign positions on the basis of skill; communicate from the top of the hierarchy to persons on the bottom, usually in written (memo) form" (The Bureaucratic/Corporate Model, Para. 1). In the United States bureaucratic organizations are would be local and state governments. The patrimonial/patron-client model is derived from partnerships that link the organization as a group.

The patron furnishes assistance and security and the client grows to become a trustworthy associate whom is admired.

"The Patron-Client model is less centralized and has less control over subordinates than the bureaucratic model. The Patron- Client model requires a more complex law enforcement effort because of its decentralized activities and large number of social networks whose members are not connected to each other. The bureaucratic model is more susceptible to law enforcement efforts because of its rigid chain of command, communication structure, and heavy involvement of the leaders in the criminal activity; the leaders give orders and oversee operations directly" (Mallory, 2007, p. 41).

The ultimate objective of both organizations is to fabricate that they are lawful organizations so that law enforcement officials do not apprehend them. While some models surround much skepticism, models are founded on authentic investigations, facts, and persuasive reasoning's, which have been...