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Introduction to Policing

Third Edition
  • Steven M. Cox - Western Illinois University, USA
  • Susan Marchionna - Criminal Justice Communications Consultant, National Council on Crime and Delinquency, California, USA
  • Brian D. Fitch - Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Woodbury University, California State University, Fullerton, USA
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© 2017 | 456 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

“Excellent book!  Well done. I’ve already adopted an earlier edition, looking forward to the next.”

Kenneth Ryan, California State University, Fresno

 

Introduction to Policing, Third Edition continues to focus on the thought-provoking, contemporary issues that underscore the challenging and rewarding world of policing. Steven M. Cox, Susan Marchionna, and experienced law enforcement officer Brian D. Fitch balance theory, research, and practice to give students a comprehensive, yet concise, overview of both the foundations of policing and the expanded role of today’s police officers.  The accessible and engaging writing style, combined with stories from the field, make policing concepts and practices easy for students to understand and analyze. Unique coverage of policing in multicultural communities, the impact of technology on policing, and extensive coverage of policing strategies and procedures — such as those that detail the use of force —make this bestselling book a must-have for policing courses.

 

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PART I. FOUNDATIONS OF POLICING
 
Chapter 1. POLICING IN AMERICA
The Concept and Mandate of the Police  
Scope of the Law Enforcement Sector  
Levels of Policing  
A Changing Landscape  
Additional Types of Police  
 
Chapter 2. A BRIEF HISTORY OF POLICE IN THE UNITED STATES
English Roots of Policing  
The Evolution of Early American Policing  
The Political Era  
The Reform Era  
The Era of Social Upheaval (1960s and 1970s)  
The Community-Policing Era (1980–Present)  
Some Contemporary Policing Strategies  
Policing in the Past, Present, and Future  
 
Chapter 3. POLICE ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION: AN OVERVIEW
Organizational Structures  
Operations Division  
Organizational Substructures  
Handling Change in Police Organizations  
Police Militarization  
Police Unions and Collective Bargaining  
Police Professionalism  
 
PART II. POLICE OPERATIONS
 
Chapter 4. RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION OF POLICE OFFICERS
The Importance of Recruitment and Selection  
Anti-Discrimination Legislation  
Entry-Level Recruitment and Selection  
Testing of Candidates  
Supervisory Recruitment and Selection  
Recruitment and Selection of Police Chiefs  
 
Chapter 5. POLICE TRAINING AND EDUCATION
Police Education  
Research on College Education and Police Performance  
Police Training  
Types of Training  
Challenges  
 
Chapter 6. POLICE WORK: OPERATIONS AND FUNCTIONS
Basic Police Functions  
Styles of Policing  
Patrol Strength and Allocation  
Other Types of Patrol  
Evaluating Patrol  
Evaluation of Police Performance  
Police and the Media  
 
Chapter 7. CONTEMPORARY STRATEGIES IN POLICING
Community Policing  
Problem-Oriented Policing  
Research on Community- and Problem-Oriented Policing  
Criticisms of Community Policing  
The Current Status of COP and POP  
Innovations in Policing Strategies  
 
PART III. POLICE CONDUCT
 
Chapter 8. THE POLICE CULTURE AND WORK STRESS
What is Culture?  
Analyzing Police Subculture  
Types of Stresses in Police Work  
Effects and Consequences of Police Stress  
Police Shootings and Critical Incidents  
Counteracting Police Stress  
 
Chapter 9. LAW, COURT DECISIONS, AND THE POLICE
The 1st Amendment  
The 2nd Amendment  
The 4th Amendment  
The 5th Amendment  
The 14th Amendment  
The Exclusionary Rule  
Police Use of Force  
The Patriot Act, Homeland Security, and Terrorism  
 
Chapter 10. DISCRETION AND ETHICS IN POLICING
Police Discretion  
Ethics and Police Conduct  
Leadership and Improving Decision-Making  
 
Chapter 11. POLICE MISCONDUCT AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Corruption  
Other Types of Police Misconduct  
Research on Police Misconduct and Use of Force  
The Impact of Misconduct  
Causes of Misconduct—Bad Apples or Bad Barrels?  
Misconduct: Management and Administrative Issues  
Accountability  
 
PART IV. CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN POLICING
 
Chapter 12. POLICING IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY
Policing in a Multicultural and Multiethnic Society  
Police–Community Conflict  
Public Image of the Police  
Police in the Community  
Women in Policing  
Minority Police Officers  
 
Chapter 13. TECHNOLOGY AND THE POLICE
The Costs and Benefits of Technology  
Computers  
Video Cameras  
Surveillance Technology  
Crime Mapping  
Biological Identifiers  
Speed Detection Devices or Systems  
Armor and Weapons  
 
Chapter 14. TRANSNATIONAL CRIME, WHITE-COLLAR CRIME, AND TERRORISM
Transnational Crime  
White-Collar Crime  
Terrorism  
Local Response to Terrorism and Transnational Organized Crime  
 
Chapter 15. PRIVATE POLICE
History and Background  
The Current Private Security Force  
Private and Contract Security Personnel  
Authority, Requirements, and Accountability  
Private versus Public Police  
Coordinating Public Police and Private Security  
 
PART V. LOOKING AHEAD
 
Chapter 16. THE FUTURE OF POLICING IN AMERICA
The Changing Context  
Ongoing and Strategic Change  
Terrorism and Future Policing  

Supplements

Student Study Site
SAGE edge for Students provides a personalized approach to help students accomplish their coursework goals in an easy-to-use learning environment.
  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts
  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes allow for independent assessment by students of their mastery of course material
  • A  customized online action plan includes tips and feedback on progress through the course and materials, which allows students to individualize their learning experience
  • Learning objectives that reinforce the most important material
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter
  • Chapter activities provide lively and stimulating ideas for use in and out of class and can be applied to individual or group projects
  • Web resources extend and reinforce learning or allow for further research on important chapter topics
  • Video and audio links includes original SAGE videos that appeal to students with different learning styles
  • Policing in Practice videos feature author Brian Fitch, a police chief, and a police officer and their real-world policing experiences and thoughts on current and timely issues
  • Police department resources exclusively provided by the police chief featured in the Policing in Practice videos
  • Answers to You Decide
Instructor Resource Site
SAGE edge offers a robust online environment featuring an impressive array of tools and resources for review, study, and further exploration, keeping both instructors and students on the cutting edge of teaching and learning. SAGE edge content is open access and available on demand. Learning and teaching has never been easier!

SAGE edge for Instructors supports teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students.
  • Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for structuring one’s course
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for the course
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter to encourage students to think critically
  • Chapter activities provide lively and stimulating ideas for use in and out of class and can be applied to individual or group projects
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts by chapter to ease preparation for lectures and class discussions
  • Web resources extend and reinforce learning or allow for further research on important chapter topics
  • Video and audio links includes original SAGE videos that appeal to students with different learning styles
  • Policing in Practice videos feature author Brian Fitch, a police chief, and a police officer and their real-world policing experiences and thoughts on current and timely issues
  • Police department resources exclusively provided by the police chief featured in the Policing in Practice videos
  • Answers to You Decide

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Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • Additional exhibit boxes provide concrete examples to help students make real-world connections.
  • Up-to-date coverage of current issues, emerging trends, and innovations have been added to the areas of technology, use of force, diversity, and police-community relations.
  • Research, statistics, and data have been updated to provide an accurate snapshot of policing today.
  • Ten new Police Stories have been added to give students a broader perspective of today’s police officers.
  • Quadrupled the number of figures included in the text to provide a more visual display of information.
  • Over half of the You Decide boxes have been updated to offer students the most relevant police scenarios.
  • Seven new Case in Point boxes have been added to highlight recent events
  • New discussion questions have been added to the Case in Point and Around the World boxes to engage students and encourage critical thinking.    

KEY FEATURES:  

  • Visually appealing 4-color design features photos, charts, graphs, and tables to increase student engagement, especially visual learners.
  • Written and updated by an author team which includes an experienced law enforcement officer.
  • Police Stories boxes use first-person vignettes drawn from the experiences of current and previous law enforcement officers to bring to life situations that police officers experience.
  • You Decide boxes present realistic dilemmas in policing and ask students to propose possible solutions.
  • Case in Point boxes in each chapter use current news articles to illustrate one or more of the chapter's major issues.
  • Around the World sections in each chapter provide an international perspective on policing issues to prepare students to think and plan globally in today's interconnected world.
  • Chapter-ending study aids include key terms, discussion questions based on the learning objectives at the beginning of the chapter, web exercises, and links to the student study site.
  • A comprehensive online ancillary package includes a password-protected Instructors Resources Site and an open-access Student Study Site.

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