Police for the Future

Police for the Future

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Police do not and cannot prevent crime. This alarming thesis is explored by David Bayley, one of the most prolific and internationally renowned authorities on criminal justice and policing, in Police for the Future. Providing a systematic assessment of the performance of the police institution as a whole in preventing crime, the study is based on exhaustive research, interviews, and first hand observation in five countries-Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, and the United States. It analyses what police are accomplishing in modern democratic societies, and asks whether police organizations are using their resources effectively to prevent crime. The book assesses the impediments to effective crime prevention, describes the most promising reforms currently being tested by the police, and analyses the choices that modern societies have with respect to creating truly effective police forces. It concludes with a blueprint for the creation of police forces that can live up to their promise to reduce crime and enhance public safety.
Written for both the general public and the specialist in criminal justice, Police for the Future offers a unique multinational perspective on one of society's most basic institutions.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 198 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 15.24mm | 294.83g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • tables
  • 0195104587
  • 9780195104585
  • 654,688

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This book presents a theory of policing. Not a theory in the scientific sense of explaining why police act as they do (although there is some of that), but a theory that explains the choices democratic societies face about the police. Are the police doing what they should? If not, what are the possibilities for improvement? In particular, what are the advantages and disadvantages of continuing as we are or of pressing forward in different ways? This book presents a theory of policy choices. It presents what people need to consider in order to frame police policies intelligently.
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A `benchmark' study and analysis of police operations and outcomes....a very useful blueprint for the future. * Choice * This book challenges police officers, politicians and the public to confront fundamental questions about the future role of the police in advanced democratic societies. The strength of this challenge comes from the extensive data collected in a unique study of policing in five countries, and the scholarship of David Bayley's analysis. The police service in our society has a fundamental influence on the relationship between the state and the individual, and
consequently, this is not simply a book to be read, it requires us to answer the questions raised. * A.J.P. Butler, Chief Constable, Gloucestershire Constabulary, United Kingdom * ... David Bayley's study provides us with new types of strategies for the future of policing based very largely on detailed research and frank recognition of what the police can and cannot achieve./ ... an imaginative and highly readable study.../ Barry Loveday, University of Portsmouth, Local Government Studies, Vol 24, no 4, Winter 1998 Fine scholarship, deep insights and thought-provoking suggestions for police reform. * Joseph D. McNamara, Police Chief, San Jose California (Ret.) and Research Fellow, Hoover Institute, Stanford University *
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About David H. Bayley

David H. Bayley is Dean and Professor of the School of Criminal Justice, State University of New York. He is the author of numerous books and articles on policing and criminal justice.
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