How to Be a Great Cop

How to Be a Great Cop

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For Introduction to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice courses.

An easy-to-read handbook that incorporates years of law enforcement training and experience, How to Be a Great Cop shares the insights and experiences of officers who have been on the force and on the street. Written to provide students with an accurate view of the realities of the job, the text outlines surviving on the street, the emotional and medical implications of the job and the essential elements of an officer's life. A history of law enforcement, tips for dealing with the criminal justice system and guidelines for what it takes to be an outstanding officer provide students with a behind-the-badge view of a career in law enforcement.
Author is the recipient of the Joseph S. Boyd Memorial Award for service to ASLET 2001 (American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers).
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130324744
  • 9780130324740

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"To be a great cop... attitude is everything." "How to Be a Great Cop" teaches every cop and cop-to-be how to excel at this exciting and challenging profession. From ethics and mental conditioning to dealing with the politics of the justice system, from managing stress to managing your physical fitness, all aspects of police work are discussed and tied together. "How to Be a Great Cop" is full of the real-life experiences of other cops, helpful resources, and tips for emotional survival--things that every cop can use. Don't neglect yourself: "How to Be a Great Cop" is a resource that any police officer can use to improve their life.
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Table of contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with End Notes.)

1. Cops-Then and Now.

Evolution of Police. Technological Advancement. In-Service Training. Role of the Police. The Contemporary Cop. Leadership. Contemporary Law Enforcement Agencies. Summary of Data about Law Enforcement Personnel.

2. Integrity versus Corruption.

Corruption. Facts about Bad Cops. Honesty. Ethical Perceptions. Excuses. Code of Ethics. Oath of Honor-The New Movement. Canon of Police Ethics. Responsibilities. Temptations.

3. Character of Great Cops.

Enthusiasm. Courage. Positive Outlook. Discipline. Caring Attitude. Self-Control. Wisdom. Hard Work and Dedication. Support, Training, and Development. Education.

4. Cops and the Judicial System.

The Law. American Criminal Justice. The Criminal Justice Process. Prosecution. Courts. Crime and Justice. Civil Suits against Law Enforcement. Plea Bargaining. Defense Attorneys. Legal Glossary.

5. Surviving the Street.

Circumstances of Officer Murders. Anticipating Danger. Physiological Changes and Reactions in Crises. Good Cops and Bad Cops. Dangerous Myths. Mental Preparedness. Working the Street. Shoot Outs. Learn from Nonsurvivors. Never Give Up!

6. Emotionally Surviving.

Life Patterns. Understand Your Career Choice. Stress. Personal Relationships.

7. Staying Physically Fit.

Importance of Fitness. Your Fitness Lifestyle. Stretching. Nutrition and Eating Habits. Stay Motivated.


Federal Law Enforcement Agencies. Law Enforcement Training Organizations. Law Enforcement-Related Associations. State Training Councils and Police Standards Commissions. Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics.

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"How to Be a Great Cop is a must reading for every police officer in this nation, as well as any contemplating a career in law enforcement. It provides an honest, straightforward, and total insight of what police officers can do to achieve excellence." - Ed Nowicki, Founding Executive Director, American Society of Law, Enforcement Trainers
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