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The Police in America provides a comprehensive introduction to the foundations of policing in the United States today. Descriptive and analytical, the text is designed to offer undergraduate students a balanced and up-to-date overview of who the police are and what they do, the problems they face, and the many reforms and innovations that have taken place in policing. Using timely articles and excerpts, the authors take readers beyond the headlines and statistics to present a comprehensive and contemporary overview of what it means to be a police officer.
Table of Contents
Part I: Foundations
Chapter 1: Police and Society
Chapter 2: The History of the American Police
Chapter 3: The Contemporary Law Enforcement Industry
Part II: Officers and Organizations
Chapter 4: Police Organizations
Chapter 5: Police Officers I: Entering Police Work