Community Policing In America

Author: Jeremy M. Wilson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136822852
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Although law enforcement officials have long recognized the need to cooperate with the communities they serve, recent efforts to enhance performance and maximize resources have resulted in a more strategic approach to collaboration among police, local governments, and community members. The goal of these so-called "community policing" initiatives is to prevent neighborhood crime, reduce the fear of crime, and enhance the quality of life in communities. Despite the growing national interest in and support for community policing, the factors that influence an effective implementation have been largely unexplored. Drawing on data from nearly every major U.S. municipal police force, Community Policing in America is the first comprehensive study to examine how the organizational context and structure of police organizations impact the implementation of community policing. Jeremy Wilson’s book offers a unique theoretical framework within which to consider community policing, and identifies key internal and external factors that can facilitate or impede this process, including community characteristics, geographical region, police chief turnover, and structural complexity and control. It also provides a simple tool that practitioners, policymakers, and researchers can use to measure community policing in specific police organizations.

Policing In America

Author: Larry K. Gaines
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317521978
Size: 33.34 MB
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In the field of law enforcement in the United States, it is essential to know the contemporary problems being faced and combine that knowledge with empirical research and theoretical reasoning to arrive at best practices and an understanding of policing. Policing in America, Eighth Edition, provides a thorough analysis of the key issues in policing today, and offers an issues-oriented discussion focusing on critical concerns such as personnel systems, organization and management, operations, discretion, use of force, culture and behavior, ethics and deviance, civil liability, and police-community relations. A critical assessment of police history and the role politics played in the development of American police institutions is also addressed, as well as globalization, terrorism, and homeland security. This new edition not only offers updated research and examples, it also incorporates more ways for the reader to connect to the content through learning objectives, discussion questions, and "Myths and Realities of Policing" boxes. Video and Internet links provide additional coverage of important issues. With completely revised and updated chapters, Policing in America, Eighth Edition provides an up-to-date examination of what to expect as a police officer in America.

Policing In America

Author: Leonard A. Steverson
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1598840436
Size: 51.86 MB
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This book maps the development of modern policing—both theory and practice—from humans' first efforts at social control, through the British roots of modern policing, to the unique institution of American policing today. * A glossary of standard policing terms, such as "blue curtain," "police subculture," "stakeout," and "forensics," allows the reader to better acquaint themselves with the law enforcement world * A detailed list of associations and organizations in the field points readers to sources of further information

Police In America

Author: Steven G. Brandl
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483379124
Size: 67.37 MB
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Police in America provides students with a comprehensive and realistic introduction to modern policing in our society. Utilizing real-word examples grounded in evidence-based research, this easy-to-read, conversational text helps students think critically about the many misconceptions of police work and understand best practices in everyday policing. Respected scholar and author Steven G. Brandl draws from his experience in law enforcement to emphasize the positive aspects of policing without sugar-coating the controversies of police work. Brandl tackles important topics that center on one question: “What is good policing?” This includes discussions of discretion, police use of force, and tough ethical and moral dilemmas—giving students a deeper look into the complex issues of policing to help them think more broadly about its impact on society. Students will walk away from this text with a well-developed understanding of the complex role of police in our society, an appreciation of the challenges of policing, and an ability to differentiate fact from fiction relating to law enforcement.

The Police In America

Author: Samuel Walker
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages
ISBN: 9780070678699
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This is a comprehensive, introductory survey of police, police work, and police systems intended for criminal justice courses on police administration, and courses on criminology or the sociology of law enforcement. It describes how police departments are organized, what police officers do, the different problems in policing (police-community relations, use of discretion, police corruption, etc) how individuals enter policing as a career and what happens to them during the course of their careers. There are three new chapters on community policing, police and crime, and peacekeeping and order maintenance.

Race And Policing In America

Author: Ronald Weitzer
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 113945496X
Size: 53.96 MB
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Race and Policing in America is about relations between police and citizens, with a focus on racial differences. It utilizes both the authors' own research and other studies to examine Americans' opinions, preferences, and personal experiences regarding the police. Guided by group-position theory and using both existing studies and the authors' own quantitative and qualitative data (from a nationally representative survey of whites, blacks, and Hispanics), this book examines the roles of personal experience, knowledge of others' experiences (vicarious experience), mass media reporting on the police, and neighborhood conditions (including crime and socioeconomic disadvantage) in structuring citizen views in four major areas: overall satisfaction with police in one's city and neighborhood, perceptions of several types of police misconduct, perceptions of police racial bias and discrimination, and evaluations of and support for a large number of reforms in policing.

Policing And Race In America

Author: James D. Ward
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 1498550924
Size: 27.83 MB
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This collection explores policing and race in relationship to political challenges, economic realities, and social ramifications. This is done through the use of evidence-based research and established best practices as presented in fourteen chapters written by accomplished scholars across various academic disciplines.

Policing Gangs In America

Author: Charles M. Katz
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139448277
Size: 17.84 MB
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Policing Gangs in America describes the assumptions, issues, problems, and events that characterize, shape, and define the police response to gangs in America today. The focus of this 2006 book is on the gang unit officers themselves and the environment in which they work. A discussion of research, statistical facts, theory, and policy with regard to gangs, gang members, and gang activity is used as a backdrop. The book is broadly focused on describing how gang units respond to community gang problems, and answers such questions as: why do police agencies organize their responses to gangs in certain ways? Who are the people who elect to police gangs? How do they make sense of gang members - individuals who spark fear in most citizens? What are their jobs really like? What characterizes their working environment? How do their responses to the gang problem fit with other policing strategies, such as community policing?

Policing In America

Author: Clemens Bartollas
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
ISBN: 9780205274543
Size: 33.17 MB
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From Mark Fuhrman to the Rodney King incident, the image of the rogue cop is embedded in the minds of many American citizens. The high profile of police deviancy in the media has provided the public with an overwhelmingly negative image of police integrity. In this book, readers are given a glimpse at the other side of this image and the inner stresses and truths about policing in America. Written by an experienced author (Bartollas) and a practitioner (Hahn), this book brings together an ideal mix of the academic and the practical in an intriguing and comprehensive overview of the state of policing today. Human interest stories interspersed between the discussion of such important topics as police stress, police corruption, excessive and deadly force, constitutional law, and suspectsO rights add to the readability of this informative book. In every chapter, there is an effort to place the role and functions of the police in context, whether it is historical, sociocultural, legal, political, or economic. This wide range of contexts provides readers with a complete picture of policing as it relates to various aspects of daily life. Law enforcement officers, students of law enforcement, and anyone else interested in the current state of policing today.

Our Enemies In Blue

Author: Kristian Williams
Publisher: AK Press
ISBN: 1849352151
Size: 14.62 MB
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Let's begin with the basics: violence is an inherent part of policing. The police represent the most direct means by which the state imposes its will on the citizenry. They are armed, trained, and authorized to use force. Like the possibility of arrest, the threat of violence is implicit in every police encounter. Violence, as well as the law, is what they represent. Using media reports alone, the Cato Institute's last annual study listed nearly seven thousand victims of police "misconduct" in the United States. But such stories of police brutality only scratch the surface of a national epidemic. Every year, tens of thousands are framed, blackmailed, beaten, sexually assaulted, or killed by cops. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on civil judgments and settlements annually. Individual lives, families, and communities are destroyed. In this extensively revised and updated edition of his seminal study of policing in the United States, Kristian Williams shows that police brutality isn't an anomaly, but is built into the very meaning of law enforcement in the United States. From antebellum slave patrols to today's unarmed youth being gunned down in the streets, "peace keepers" have always used force to shape behavior, repress dissent, and defend the powerful. Our Enemies in Blue is a well-researched page-turner that both makes historical sense of this legalized social pathology and maps out possible alternatives.