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This text provides an accessible, up-to-date and thought-provoking introduction to policing for all those undertaking degrees and foundation degrees. It aims not only to inform students and prepare them for their course, but also to expose them to some of the challenges they will face as they begin their studies and/or policing careers. This book is the essential foundation for the Policing Matters series, explaining what policing is, what the police do, the context for policing and what are the main issues it faces and challenges it poses.
Why a policing degree?
Introduction: law and order
What police do
Authority and discretion
A people business
Police culture: canteens, carriers and carousing!
Wrongdoing and accountability
Police and policing
"A very good book written by people who genuinely know policing and can comment on it both practically and theoretically. I liked the subjects addressed too - extremely relevant. This book would equip any student of policing or potential police recruit with much of what they need to either understand real policing or work in the service." (Lecturer, Thames Valley University.)
An ideal start for any one wishing to eamine the role of the police in an ever changing society. Whilst this was not specifically relevent to my courses at MSc level I would recommend it as background reading to raise awareness and generate some thought about the processes of polocing generally.