When Cultures Clash: Strategies for Strengthening Police-community Relations

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Prentice Hall, 2005 - Political Science - 162 pages
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Described as a "must read" for police officers and prospective candidates for law enforcement, this book invites readers to step back and examine their views and attitudes from a different perspective. In the process of defining and discussing the cultural underpinnings of the criminal justice community, the author addresses topics of special importance including sources of tension in police-citizen interactions; the challenges of law enforcement in a democratic society; policing as a "noble" profession; and police-community relations in a "Post 9/11 " environment.

  • A writing style reflective of the author's experience as a police practitioner and educator
  • Examines the role and expectation of policing from both the citizen and officer perspective
  • In-depth discussion of out-of-control subcultures; corruption and racial profiling
  • Examines the role of the leader in the development and management of a police culture
  • Outlines a range of strategies for strengthening police-citizen relationships
  • Abundant examples from the "real" world of policing
  • Proposes a set of "Core Values" characteristic of professional policing
  • Each chapter opens with a set of "Guideposts" to help the reader focus on key issues
  • Discussion questions to provoke further examination of key issues

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