The Police in America: An Introduction

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/29/2010
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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The Police in Americaprovides 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


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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

Chapter 6: Police Officers II: On the Job

Part III: Police Work

Chapter 7: Patrol: The Backbone of Policing

Chapter 8: Peacekeeping and Order Maintenance

Chapter 9: The Police and Crime

Chapter 10: Innovations in Police Strategy

Part IV: Issues in Policing

Chapter 11: Police Discretion

Chapter 12: Police-Community Relations

Chapter 13: Police Corruption

Chapter 14: Accountability of the Police

Part V: Challenges for a New Century

Chapter 15: The Future of Policing in America



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