Police

  • Filename: police.
  • ISBN: 0226546330
  • Release Date: 1979-06-15
  • Number of pages: 313
  • Author: William K. Muir
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press



"This book . . . examines the problem of police corruption . . . in such a way that the stereotype of the crude, greedy cop who is basically a grown-up delinquent, if not an out-and-out robber, yields to portraits of particular men, often of earnest good will and even more than ordinary compassion, contending with an enormously demanding and challenging job."—Robert Coles, New Yorker "Other social scientists have observed policemen on patrol, or have interviewed them systematically. Professor Muir has brought the two together, and, because of the philosophical depth he brings to his commentaries, he has lifted the sociology of the police on to a new level. He has both observed the men and talked with them at length about their personal lives, their conceptions of society and of the place of criminals within it. His ambition is to define the good policeman and to explain his development, but his achievement is to illuminate the philosophical and occupational maturation of patrol officers in 'Laconia' (a pseudonym) . . . . His discussions of [the policemen's] moral development are threaded through with analytically suggestive formulations that bespeak a wisdom very rarely encountered in reports of sociological research."—Michael Banton, Times Literary Supplement

An Introduction to Policing

  • Filename: an-introduction-to-policing.
  • ISBN: 9781305544680
  • Release Date: 2015-01-01
  • Number of pages: 624
  • Author: John S. Dempsey
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning



Introduce students to the challenges, excitement, and rewards of law enforcement today with Dempsey and Forst's AN INTRODUCTION TO POLICING, 8th Edition. Written by law enforcement veterans with extensive first-hand experience in all areas of policing, this engaging, comprehensive book blends practical information with pertinent theory. The authors examine today's most current issues and topics, including homeland security, recent terrorism incidents, the controversial Secure Communities Program by DHS, Specialized Policing Responses to individuals with mental illness, advances in policing technology, and more. Readers find the latest in academic and practitioner research as well as the most current applications, statistics, court cases, and information on law enforcement careers, all introduced through memorable learning features. The book also discusses small and rural departments while maintaining critical foundational coverage students need to fully understand who police are, what they do, and how they do it. Extensive examples from police departments throughout the nation and world as well as essays from respected law enforcement veterans offer insights into crucial law enforcement issues and challenges. AN INTRODUCTION TO POLICING is an essential read for anyone considering a career in law enforcement today. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Working the Street

  • Filename: working-the-street.
  • ISBN: 9781610445948
  • Release Date: 1988-10-21
  • Number of pages: 392
  • Author: Michael K. Brown
  • Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation



Now available in paperback, this provocative study examines the street-level decisions made by police, caught between a sometimes hostile community and a maze of departmental regulations. Probing the dynamics of three sample police departments, Brown reveals the factors that shape how officers wield their powers of discretion. Chief among these factors, he contends, is the highly bureaucratic organization of the modern police department. A new epilogue, prepared for this edition, focuses on the structure and operation of urban police forces in the 1980s. "Add this book to the short list of important analyses of the police at work....Places the difficult job of policing firmly within its political, organizational, and professional constraints...Worth reading and thinking about." —Crime & Delinquency "An excellent contribution...Adds significantly to our understanding of contemporary police." —Sociology "A critical analysis of policing as a social and political phenomenon....A major contribution." —Choice

The idea of police

  • Filename: the-idea-of-police.
  • ISBN: 0803921780
  • Release Date: 1985
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Author: Carl B. Klockars
  • Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc



What is the best way to define the police? Why do we have police at all? In modern democracies like the United States and Great Britain, why is most policing done by employees of the state? What is the relationship between police and the law? What makes a good police officer? In addressing these questions, Klockars makes the reader look at the idea of police from a new perspective. First he explains how any definition of police must include the reality of coercive force--the fact that police officers everywhere have the right to "forcibly compel other people to do something." Next he describes the evolution of the police in the United States vis-a-vis the police in Great Britain. After exploring the role of the detective, he highlights the moral conflicts and issues of discretion that police officers face daily. Finally, Klockars examines what makes a good police officer. "An informative introductory resource. . . may prove valuable even to graduate students." --The Social Science Journal

International Police Cooperation

  • Filename: international-police-cooperation.
  • ISBN: 9781843927617
  • Release Date: 2010-01-01
  • Number of pages: 366
  • Author: Frédéric Lemieux
  • Publisher: Routledge



The globalization of threats and the complexity of international security issues represent, more than ever, a challenge for international policing to (re)shape the configuration of interagency interaction. Police cooperation refers to the interaction in which two or more police entities (including private and public agencies) act together, intentionally or not. Police cooperation gives the opportunity to pool financial, human, and material resources to reach goals that cannot be reached unilaterally. However, there are also challenges with this type of interaction, such as the overlap of inter-agency investigation and competition. Collaboration between law enforcement agencies is plagued by competing agendas, limited resources, and nationalistic/discretionary intelligence sharing. Most studies focus on the reasons for the desirability of police cooperation as an approach to transnational crime, the interactions between national police services, or the challenges of the democratization

Discretion in Criminal Justice

  • Filename: discretion-in-criminal-justice.
  • ISBN: 0791415635
  • Release Date: 1993
  • Number of pages: 365
  • Author: Lloyd E. Ohlin
  • Publisher: SUNY Press



In the 1950s the American Bar Foundation conducted a survey that was the most extensive empirical investigation of the criminal justice system ever undertaken--an intensive examination of criminal justice processes from defendants' first contacts with the police through processing by prosecutors and courts to probation and parole supervision and revocation. In the present volume, scholars in law and criminal justice who worked on the original ABF survey describe the survey, its findings, and subsequent developments concerning the issues and practices it identified. Paper edition (unseen), $21.95. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Police Administration

  • Filename: police-administration.
  • ISBN: 9781317448594
  • Release Date: 2016-03-02
  • Number of pages: 540
  • Author: Gary W. Cordner
  • Publisher: Routledge



This national best-selling text examines police administration from multiple perspectives: a systems perspective (emphasizing the interrelatedness among units and organizations); a traditional, structural perspective (administrative principles, management functions, and the importance of written guidelines); a human behavioral perspective (the human element in organizations); and a strategic management perspective (communications and information systems, performance evaluation, strategies and tactics, and prevailing and promising approaches to increasing effectiveness of police agencies). Coverage of management functions and organizational principles is streamlined while providing a stronger emphasis on diversity principles and on developing police agencies as learning organizations. A concluding chapter covers contemporary issues, including community engagement, collaboration, globalization, racial profiling, mass media, cybercrime, terrorism and homeland security. Case studies based on real-life events invite students to practice managing the conflicting circumstances, and Modern policing blog posts offer news and developments in the policing world.

Street Corner Society

  • Filename: street-corner-society.
  • ISBN: 9780226922669
  • Release Date: 2012-04-26
  • Number of pages: 418
  • Author: William Foote Whyte
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press



Street Corner Society is one of a handful of works that can justifiably be called classics of sociological research. William Foote Whyte's account of the Italian American slum he called "Cornerville"—Boston's North End—has been the model for urban ethnography for fifty years. By mapping the intricate social worlds of street gangs and "corner boys," Whyte was among the first to demonstrate that a poor community need not be socially disorganized. His writing set a standard for vivid portrayals of real people in real situations. And his frank discussion of his methodology—participant observation—has served as an essential casebook in field research for generations of students and scholars. This fiftieth anniversary edition includes a new preface and revisions to the methodological appendix. In a new section on the book's legacy, Whyte responds to recent challenges to the validity, interpretation, and uses of his data. "The Whyte Impact on the Underdog," the moving statement by a gang leader who became the author's first research assistant, is preserved. "Street Corner Society broke new ground and set a standard for field research in American cities that remains a source of intellectual challenge."—Robert Washington, Reviews in Anthropology

Power and Restraint

  • Filename: power-and-restraint.
  • ISBN: 9780275938574
  • Release Date: 1991
  • Number of pages: 166
  • Author: Howard Cohen
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO



Cohen and Feldberg use a moral perspective grounded in the social contract to define the responsibilities assumed by the police when they accept the authority to govern. Part I develops a system of ethical standards by which to measure responsible police behavior: fair access, public trust, safety and security, teamwork, and objectivity. In Part II, the book applies these standards to several familiar yet challenging cases encountered daily in municipal patrol work, illustrating how police officers can develop appropriate moral responses to complex and difficult circumstances.

Crime and Justice in America

  • Filename: crime-and-justice-in-america.
  • ISBN: 9781437735130
  • Release Date: 2011-05-24
  • Number of pages: 456
  • Author: Joycelyn M. Pollock
  • Publisher: Routledge



This textbook offers a concise, affordable, and reader-friendly introduction to the criminal justice system. It explores the system in four sections: the criminal justice system as social control, law enforcement as social control, the law as social control, and corrections as social control. Designed with the student in mind, each chapter includes: "What You Need to Know," highlighting key points for the reader; brief chapter outlines; review questions; vocabulary lists; a "breaking news" box and exercises to help students customize the material for different jurisdictions. Each chapter has an outline, "what you need to know," photos, charts, jurisdictional exercises, web links, a "breaking news" box, and vocabulary words with definitions.

Police Work

  • Filename: police-work.
  • ISBN: 0881339539
  • Release Date: 1997-01-01
  • Number of pages: 372
  • Author: Peter K. Manning
  • Publisher: Waveland PressInc



The author's sociological approach is based on his fieldwork--observing, interviewing, & sharing the day-to-day experiences of police in both the United States & the United Kingdom.

The American Dictionary of Criminal Justice

  • Filename: the-american-dictionary-of-criminal-justice.
  • ISBN: 0810854066
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Number of pages: 513
  • Author: Dean J. Champion
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press



Combines a dictionary of key legal terms with an index of leading United States Supreme Court cases indexed by type of case, such as death penalty, right to counsel, and searches and seizures.

The Police and the Expansion of Public Order Law in Britain 1829 2014

  • Filename: the-police-and-the-expansion-of-public-order-law-in-britain-1829-2014.
  • ISBN: 9781136179709
  • Release Date: 2015-05-15
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Iain Channing
  • Publisher: Routledge



Incidences of public disorder, and the manner in which they have been suppressed, have repeatedly ignited debate on the role of policing, the effectiveness of current legislation and the implications for human rights and civil liberties. These same issues have reverberated throughout British history, and have frequently resulted in the enactment of new legislation that reactively aimed to counter the specific concern of that era. This book offers a detailed analysis of the expansion of public order law in the context of the historical and political developments in British society. The correlation of key historical events and the enactment of consequent legislation is a key theme that resonates throughout the book, and demonstrates the expanding influence of the law on public assemblies and protest, which has continued to criminalise and prohibit certain social behaviours. Crucial movements in Britain’s social and political history who have all engaged in, or have provoked public disorder, are examined in the book. Other incidents of riot and disorder, such as the Featherstone Riot (1893), the Battle of Cable Street (1936), the Inner City Riots (1980s) and the UK riots (2011) are also covered. By positioning legal developments within their historical context, the book demonstrates the ebb and flow between the prominence of the competing demands of the liberties of free expression and assembly on the one hand and the protection of the general public and property on the other. This book is essential reading for academics and students in the fields of criminology, history and law.

Varieties of Police Behavior

  • Filename: varieties-of-police-behavior.
  • ISBN: 0674932110
  • Release Date: 1978-01
  • Number of pages: 309
  • Author: James Q. WILSON
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press



In his new preface to this highly regarded work, James Q. Wilson reviews the ways in which police styles have changed during the past decade, and he explains the reasons for these changes. "Varieties of Police Behavor" remains unsurpassed in delineating the role of the patrolman and the problems he faces because of constraints imposed by law, politics, public opinion, and the expectations of superiors.

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