Policing in America

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Routledge, Jun 4, 2011 - Law - 640 pages
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This comprehensive text provides an overview of law enforcement topics, integrating major empirical findings and theory-based research findings in the field with a thorough analysis of contemporary policing problems.

The issues-oriented discussion focuses on critical concerns facing American police, including 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 offered. Globalization, terrorism and homeland security are addressed.

Video and Internet links provide additional coverage of topics discussed in the text.



  • Companion mobile app, Policing In America: Exam Cram, won the 2012 PROSE Award for Best eProduct in Social Sciences from the Association of American Publishers
  • Video links provide additional coverage of topics discussed in the text
  • Key concepts, Internet links, charts and tables support the text throughout
  • Equipped with a superior ancillary package, which includes 30 minutes of streaming video
 

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Contents

The Police in American Society
1
Historical Perspectives
51
Police Human Resources
89
Organization and Management
139
Police Operations
171
Police Discretion
219
PoliceUse Of Force
265
Police Culture and Behavior
299
Civil Liability
377
The Police in the Modern Community
411
Policing the Drug Problem
445
Globalization Terrorism and Homeland Security
483
Glossary
525
Subject Index
557
Author Index
617
Copyright

Ethics and Deviance
337

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About the author (2011)

Larry Gaines is chair of his department and a longtime, well-known figure in the field, both as an educator and in law enforcement. Highly respected and well liked in the discipline, he is also a former law enforcement officer whose experience heightens the book's real-world orientation.

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