The Police: An Introduction (3rd Edition)

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For courses in Introduction to Law Enforcement and Introduction to Policing. This book explores the principles of policing and introduces readers to the history, administration, day-to-day practices of the police in the United States. It provides students with the basic framework for understanding fundamental contemporary police issues while at the same time empowering them to question the conventional wisdom about policing.

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The Police: An Introduction, 3/e is designed to inform and excite students about the vast field of police work and the role of the police in a democratic society. Its no-nonsense approach offers frequent insights into everyday duties of police work—a profession that many believe is among the most fascinating and charismatic in our society. The many features of this new revision will aid students of criminal justice and the classroom professor as well.

Features Include:
  • Chapter objectives highlighting the main points of each chapter.
  • Topical vignettes: Highlights in Policing, A Closer Look, and American Police Under Fire. Each of which discuss special topics of interest.
  • Improve your professional vocabulary—a learning tool at the end of each chapter identifying key chapter terms.
  • Expanded sections on police liability, racial profiling, domestic violence, women and minorities in policing, changing demographics, the war on terrorism, and private policing.
  • Four new appendices: Police Model Policies; The USA Patriot Act; Model Basic Police Training Curriculum: Police Internet Research Sites.
  • New material on Homeland Security, Minority Leaders in Policing, and Police and Technology.
  • Updated police research and statistics.

About the Author:

Michael D. Lyman is on the criminal justice faculty with the Criminal Justice and Social Work Department at Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri. He serves the department as teaching faculty and the Director of Graduate Studies. Prior to entering the field of college teaching, he was employed as a Special Agent for the Intelligence and Organized Crime Division of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and later as a Senior Intelligence Agent for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Dr. Lyman received both his bachelors and master's degrees from Wichita State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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