The police in America: an introduction

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McGraw Hill College, 1999 - Law - 401 pages
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This engaging and current overview of police officers and policing systems gives readers an inclusive survey of policing in America. Divided into four parts, "The Police in America," begins with a compelling analysis of the foundation of law enforcement, including the underlying purpose of police in society, the history of American police, as well as the contemporary law enforcement industry. It goes on to cover everything from the critical role of the beat cop and the fundamental problems in policing to the career path of police officers and a level-by-level overview of police organizations. Using timely articles and excerpts, the author takes readers beyond the headlines and statistics, to present a comprehensive and contemporary overview of what it means to be a police officer.

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Contents

WHY POLICE?
4
POSSIBILTIES
12
The History of the American Police
19
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

Samuel Walker has taught at University of Nebraska at Omaha for three decades. He is the author of 11 books and numerous articles on policing, the history of criminal justice, public policy on crime and the issues of civil liberties. He also has written books on the control of judicial discretion in the criminal justice system, hate crimes, race and ethnicity in American criminal justice, and the relationship between rights and the community in American society.

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