Policing in America: A Balance of Forces (3rd Edition)

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This popular book on policing applies a multi-causal model to explain police issues, integrating the history, social context, and correlates of policing into a theoretical understanding of policing in America. The book is designed to encourage readers to see the relationships between three primary correlates of police practice?communities, police organizations, and individuals. This edition retains the best of earlier editions, plus includes improvements suggested by colleagues and the latest findings from the continually expanding body of policing knowledge. Understanding the Police; The Early History of Policing; The English Roots of American Policing; The Evolution of Policing in America; Federal and State Police; Private and Special-Purpose Police; Municipal and Local Police; Police Organizations; Individuals in Policing: Officers and Supervisors; Police Officers; Police and Community; Law Enforcement and the Police; Service and the Police; Order and the Police; Community Policing: Tying It All Together; Controlling the Police; Current Trends and Future Issues in Policing.

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This book has been written to help students develop an understanding of the different police and law enforcement agencies working in the United States today. Students will learn how these agencies developed, and examine current police practice and problems. It not only provides a detailed description of policing, but also offers students an analytic framework for understanding the police as a product of a balance of social, historical, political, legal, individual, and organizational forces.

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This third edition of POLICING IN AMERICA: A Balance of Forces, by Robert H. Langworthy and Lawrence E Travis III, provides an updated review of the various police and law enforcement agencies working in the United States today The text continues to provide students with an analytical framework for understanding the police as a balanced product of social, historical, political, legal, individual, and organizational forces. This edition contains updated graphs of the most recent police data and discussions of recently published research that begins to address the "balance of forces" theoretical perspective.

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  • Written in a clear style designed to engage the reader's interest and attention.
  • Includes "correlates" sections that examine theoretical propositions about the police in light of current research literature, developing students' analytical and critical thinking about police.
  • Describes the contemporary police industry in the United States, including public and private agencies at the federal, state, and local levels.
  • Provides figures and graphs presenting recent data on policing in America.
  • Presents and analyzes the three major functions of policing in the United States: law enforcement, service provision, and the maintenance of order.
  • Covers contemporary issues in policing such as quality of life policing and racial profiling.

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