Policing within a Professional Framework

Policing within a Professional Framework

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For courses in Police Administration/Management, Police Training, Introduction to Policing, Introduction to Law Enforcement. Presenting a clear, detailed picture of what constitutes professional law enforcement, this text enables students to work within or outside of law enforcement to raise standards of practice. While other books in the field are based on the premise: "Here is what law enforcement does," this one operates on the premise: "What law enforcement does is less important than how it does it." The author's twenty-five years of experience in law enforcement and psychology bring a balanced approach to topics--such as ethics, selection of officers, understanding the individual officer, leadership, interviewing witnesses and suspects, community policing, responding to critical incidents, and dealing with the psychologically disturbed--and is reflected in many of the examples used to clarify theoretical points.show more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 172.7 x 231.1 x 15.2mm | 498.96g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0130395706
  • 9780130395702

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This book examines how today's officers can be guided by principles of professional conduct in eleven areas of law enforcement practice. The author brings over twenty-five years of experience in law enforcement and psychology to the task of defining professionalism and focuses on areas where professional behavior is of the utmost importance. These areas include instilling ethical values, developing professional attitudes and behavior, evaluating models of policing, understanding individual officers, selecting the right candidates, strengthening leadership, interviewing witnesses and suspects in effective ways, assessing the validity of investigative techniques, responding effectively to crime victims, and reacting to mentally ill people in enlightened ways. After examining why mistakes are made in these areas, the author offers concrete suggestions for correcting and/or avoiding these errors. Personal reflection questions throughout the text give. readers the opportunity to internalize the material and develop an appreciation for the complexity of the issues. This is an honest, straightforward book balanced between theory, research, and practical applications.show more

Table of contents

1. Ethics in Law Enforcement. 2. Professionalism in Law Enforcement. 3. Models of Enforcement. 4. The Individual Officer. 5. The Selection of Officers. 6. Professional Leadership. 7. Interviewing Witnesses. 8. Interviewing Suspects. 9. Investigative Techniques. 10. Responding to Violence and Death. 11. Understanding Psychological Disorders.show more