What is Policing?

What is Policing?

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This text provides an accessible, up-to-date and thought-provoking introduction to policing for all those undertaking degrees and foundation degrees. It aims not only to inform students and prepare them for their course, but also to expose them to some of the challenges they will face as they begin their studies and/or policing careers. This book is the essential foundation for the Policing Matters series, explaining what policing is, what the police do, the context for policing and what are the main issues it faces and challenges it poses.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 170 x 242 x 10mm | 281.23g
  • Sage Publications Ltd
  • Learning Matters Ltd
  • Exeter, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1844453553
  • 9781844453559
  • 1,853,322

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"A very good book written by people who genuinely know policing and can comment on it both practically and theoretically. I liked the subjects addressed too - extremely relevant. This book would equip any student of policing or potential police recruit with much of what they need to either understand real policing or work in the service." (Lecturer, Thames Valley University.)show more

Table of contents

Why a policing degree?Introduction: law and orderWhat police doAuthority and discretionA people businessPolice culture: canteens, carriers and carousing!Wrongdoing and accountabilityPolice and policingshow more

About P. A. J. Waddington

P A J Waddington is Professor of Social Policy, Policy Research Institute, The University of Wolverhampton. He has over 30 years of academic research and is the initiator of the BSc (Hons) Policing degree. Martin Wright is senior lecturer in the School of Legal Studies at the University of Wolverhampton and is the award leader for the BSc Policing degree. He retired from West Midlands Police in November 2008 after having completed 30 years service. He has a Bachelor of Law degree, a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, a Master of Science degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in criminology.show more