Policing America: Methods, Issues, Challenges (4th Edition)

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9780130940995: Policing America: Methods, Issues, Challenges (4th Edition)

For courses in General Policing, Community Policing, and Policing Issues. Blending the real and the ideal, this introduction to police work reflects the author's more than 30 years' experience as a police administrator and academic-providing a "real-world" flavor not found in most policing textbooks. Using an exceptionally reader-friendly and personally-involving style, the author speaks in an open, frank manner that attempts to place students inside the officer's uniform. Coverage is both comprehensive and timely, providing in-depth looks at topics such as patrol, terrorism, the police subculture, accountability, civil liability, extraordinary problems and practices, the rule of law, investigations, policing in selected foreign venues, and the future.

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This text conveys to criminal justice students the methods and issues, personality and problems, and attitudes and beliefs of those persons who inforce federal, state, and local laws.

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Author Kenneth Peak feels that this, the fourth edition of Policing America, is by far "bigger and better" than its three predecessors, providing a comprehensive view of the largely misunderstood, often obscure world of policing.

New to This Edition:
  • New chapter on community oriented policing and problem solving
  • Discussions of terrorism (and the practices and technology being developed to combat it)
  • Less-than-lethal weapons
  • Hate crimes
  • Stalking
  • Updated court decisions

The fourth edition continues to provide in-depth coverage of such topics as patrol, the police subculture, accountability, civil liability, extraordinary problems and practices, the rule of law, investigations, policing in selected foreign venues, and policing in the future.

The author brings more than 30 years of both scholarly and policing backgrounds to this effort; as a result, the chapters contain a "real world" flavor not found in most policing textbooks. Disseminated throughout the book are several "Practitioner's Perspectives"—short essays written by selected individuals who have expertise in particular areas of policing.

From its introduction, written by Darrel W Stephens, police chief of Charlotte, North Carolina, through the final chapter, the reader is provided with a penetrating view of what is certainly one of the most difficult and challenging occupations in America.

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