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

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For courses in Introduction to Policing. This leading text 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 students to see the relationships between three primary correlates of police practice-communities, police organizations, and individuals. Praised for its scholarship, both the breadth and depth of coverage, this is the only book that seeks to integrate the broad research literature on policing into a coherent perspective. It guides students in developing an appreciation for the "big pictures", and an integrated understanding of policing. 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.

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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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