Police Patrol: Operations and Management (2nd Edition)

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Provides an overview of police patrol that combines theory with practical applications for police supervisors, executives, and those in support-service roles who want to know how their work contributes to public safety. Covers patrol operations, goals and strategies. It combines management theory with case study examples taken from small police departments. New edition adds coverage of community and problem oriented policing. Each chapter focuses on a specific aspect of police patrol operations. Includes a new chapter on community-oriented policing that reflects the latest developments in the field, as well as a new chapter on special issues in police patrol that highlights the police and the community —special problems and special people.

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Covers patrol operations, goals and strategies. It combines management theory with case study examples taken from small police departments. New edition adds coverage of community and problem oriented policing. Each chapter focuses on a specific aspect of police patrol operations.

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In the preface to the second edition of this book, I observed that so much had changed in the intervening years since the publication of the first edition in 1981 that the second edition was not merely a revision of the original text, but represented a significant change in theme and content, owing primarily to the impact of community-oriented policing on law enforcement. Now, eight years later, I find myself making the same declaration. The third edition of Police Patrol: Operations and Management has retained much of the material contained in the second edition, but has been expanded in several areas in order to serve the widest possible audience and to bring to the reader the most up-to-date information on the subject.

While not all authorities have embraced the concept of national accreditation, none could doubt that accreditation has left an indelible mark on law enforcement and that it continues to be a positive force in the effort to upgrade the profession. It was with this thought in mind that, when I began preparing for this third edition, I determined to cross-reference accreditation standards wherever they served to reinforce points I was attempting to make in the text. This third edition may prove to be especially useful to police personnel who are employed in accredited police agencies or in those that are considering or attempting accreditation.

I have added an entirely new chapter (Chapter 6) which covers some of the most fundamental aspects of the patrol function, including preparing for patrol, patrol techniques, and the role of the uniformed patrol officer in the criminal investigation process. These are important topics and they make a worthwhile addition to the text. A number of new areas are covered in other chapters as well. For example, I have expanded the discussion of community outreach programs in Chapter 11 by discussing such topics as the role of the police social worker, victim advocacy programs, citizen advisory councils and school programs. Chapter 14 has been expanded by including discussions of the important topics of cultural diversity in the workplace and the importance of integrity in police work. Other important issues, including bias crime, stalking, and racial profiling, are addressed in Chapter 13.

Overall, the third edition represents a major change in content from the earlier two editions. The one thing that has not changed is my hope that the contents of this book will serve the needs of the law enforcement community for some time to come. As always, it is to further strengthening and improving the police patrol effort, which is the backbone of law enforcement, that this book is dedicated.

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