Introduction to Policing

Introduction to Policing : The Foundations

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Policing in the United States may be one of the most studied and taught subjects in criminal justice and criminology. This book offers a comprehensive and critical introduction to policing for undergraduate students, exploring the origins of the police, what they do, how they are organized and the controversial issues they face in society today. Coverage includes: An exploration of law enforcement at local, county, state and federal levels, drawing on the organization and structure of the police, A discussion of police in action, including the role of community policing, the function of patrol and the process of criminal investigation, An overview of police training and an examination of the role the police play in American society. A topical review of the critical issues faced by the police today, including police corruption, the ethics of policing, police accountability, the use of force and the difficulties in creating an inclusive work-force. Engaging, accessible and comprehensive, this book encourages students to think critically about the issues faced by the police and includes a range of features such as case studies, discussion topics, keywords, suggested readings and movies and a supporting website. It is essential reading for introductory courses on policing, law enforcement and crime control.
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  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 158.75 x 234.95mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138826979
  • 9781138826977