Police Work

Police Work : A Career Survival Guide

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An easy-to-read handbook that incorporates years of law enforcement training and experience, Police Work: A Career Survival Guide 2e 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. The author is a recipient of the Joseph S. Boyd Memorial Award for service to ASLET (American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers).
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 144.8 x 226.1 x 17.8mm | 430.92g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 013113311X
  • 9780131133112

Table of contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with End Notes.)

Cops-Then and Now.

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

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. Measuring the Police Culture. Responsibilities. Temptations. Excessive Use of Force.

Character of Great Cops.

Office Qualifications: Official Description. Official Qualifications: Real Life. Enthusiasm. Courage. Positive Outlook. Discipline. Caring Attitude. Self-Control. Wisdom. Hard Work and Dedication. Support, Training, and Development. Police Character. Profiles of Agencies.

Cops and the Judicial System.

The Law. Constitutional Amendments: The Bill of Rights. American Criminal Justice. FBI Crime Index 2002. The Criminal Justice Process. Prosecution. Courts. Crime and Justice. Court Decisions. Civil Suits against Law Enforcement. Plea Bargaining. Corrections. Defense Attorneys. Legal Glossary.

Surviving the Street.

Police Work and Danger. Circumstances of Officer Murders. Law Enforcement Officers Killes (2000). 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. Line of Duty Death Statistics (1792-2003). Never Give Up!

Emotionally Surviving.

Life Patterns. Understand Your Career Choice. Stress. Anger and Frustration about Your Agency. Personal Relationships. Law Officer Families.

Staying Physically Fit.

Importance of Fitness. Physical Activity and Health Facts. Your Fitness Lifestyle. Stretching. Guidelines for Personal Fitness Programs. Nutrition and Eating Habits. Fitness Facts. Nutrition Facts. Sports Nutrition and Resources. Stay Motivated.


Department of Homeland Security. Federal Law Enforcement Agencies. Law Enforcement Training Organizations. Law Enforcement-Related Associations. State Training Councils and Police Standards Commissions.

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Review quote

"Police Work: A Career Survival Guide, Second Edition, is a must read 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, Founding Executive Director, International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association

"Being a great cop is about being ethical and being a professional. It is about being a leader and not a follower, and setting an example as a highly skilled and dedicated individual. A great cop sets ethical standards others will want to emulate." - John Linn, Ph.D., Penn State University, Department of Criminal Justice, Altoona College
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