The Police in America: Classic and Contemporary Readings (Wadsworth Professionalism in Policing Series)

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This unique reader provides students with a scholarly foundation for understanding police research, theory and practice. The Police in America also includes classic readings and more contemporary writings which directly relate to and build upon the classical works. This unique combination of classic and contemporary readings helps bring police literature alive for today's students, and helps them to recognize the relevance of this literature to contemporary issues and problems in policing.

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Steven G. Brandl is an Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research interests include police decision-making and behavior, police use of force, the relationship between the police and the community, criminal investigation, and program evaluation. Brandl has conducted numerous research projects with several major metropolitan police departments. He is the author of numerous articles in professional journals and co-editor of VOICES FROM THE FIELD: READINGS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCH (Pope/Lovell/Brandl, Wadsworth 2001).

David E. Barlow is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at Fayetteville State University. His research interests include multicultural issues in policing, white collar crime, and the history, ideology, and political economy of crime control in the United States. He has worked in the criminal justice field as a correctional officer, deputy sheriff and university police officer in South Carolina and Florida. Barlow is the author of numerous articles in professional journals, co-editor of the book, Classics in Policing (Anderson 1996) and co-author of the book, Police in a Multicultural Society: An American Story (Waveland 2000).

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Preface. I. POLICE HISTORY AND ROLE. Introduction. 1. Kelling, George L. and Mark H. Moore (1988) The Evolving Strategy of Policing. 2. Williams, Hubert and Patrick V. Murphy (1999) The Evolving Strategy of Policing: A Minority View. 3. Chambliss, William J. (1994) Policing the Ghetto Underclass: The Politics of Law and Law Enforcement. 4. Barlow, David and Melissa Hickman Barlow (1999) A Political Economy of Community Policing. 5. Bittner, Egon (1967) The Functions of Police in Modern Society. Questions for Discussion and Review. II. POLICE DISCRETION. Introduction. 1. Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department (1991) Summary Report of the Independent Commission. 2. Worden, Robert E. (1995) The "Causes" of Police Brutality: Theory and Evidence of Police Use of Force. 3. Muir, William Ker Jr. (1977) Police: Streetcorner Politicians. 4. Black, Donald (1971) The Social Organization of Arrest. 5. Van Maanen, John (1978) Policing: A View From the Street. 6. Fyfe, James J. (1979) Administrative Interventions on Police Shooting Discretion. Questions for Discussion and Review. III. STRATEGIES OF POLICING. Introduction. 1. Kelling, George L., Tone Pate, Duane Dickman, and Charles E. Brown (1974) The Kansas City Preventive Patrol Experiment: A Summary Report. 2. Sherman, Lawrence W. And Dennis P. Rogan (1995) Effects of Gun Size on Gun Violence: "Hot Spots" Patrol in Kansas City. 3. Chaiken, Jan, Peter Greenwood, and Joan Petersilia (1977) The Criminal Investigation Process: A Summary Report. 4. Brandl, Steven G. and James Frank (1994) The Relationship Between Evidence, Detective Effort, and the Disposition of Burglary and Robbery Investigations. 5. Sherman, Lawrence W., Catherine H. Milton, and Thomas V. Kelly (1973) Team Policing: Seven Case Studies. 6. Maguire, Edward (1997) Structural Change in Large Municipal Police Organizations During the Community Policing Era. 7. Goldstein, Herman (1979) Improving Policing: A Problem-Oriented Approach. 8. Wilson, J.Q. and G.L. Kelling (1982) Broken Windows: Police and Neighborhood Safety. 9. Kraska, Peter B. and Louis J. Cubellis (1997) Militarizing Mayberry and Beyond: Making Sense of American Paramilitary Policing. Questions for Discussion and Review. Index.

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