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Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement

Three Volume Set
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December 2004 | 1 736 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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Although there is a plethora of studies on crime and punishment, law enforcement is a relatively new field of serious research. When courts, sentencing, prisons, jails, and other areas of the criminal justice system are studied, often the first point of entry into the system is through police and law enforcement agencies. Unfortunately, understanding of the important issues in law enforcement has little general literature to draw on. Currently available reference works on policing are narrowly focused and sorely out-of-date. To this end, a distinguished roster of authors, representing many years of knowledge and practice in the field, draw on the latest research and methods to delineate, describe, and analyze all areas of law enforcement.

This three-volume Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement provides a comprehensive, critical, and descriptive examination of all facets of law enforcement on the state and local, federal and national, and international stages. This work is a unique reference source that provides readers with informed discussions on the practice and theory of policing in an historical and contemporary framework. The volumes treat subjects that are particular to the area of state and local, federal and national, and international policing. Many of the themes and issues of policing cut across disciplinary borders, however, and several entries provide comparative information that places the subject in context.

Key Features
• Three volumes cover state and local, federal, and international law enforcement
• More than 250 contributors composed over 400 essays on all facets of law enforcement
• An editorial board made up of the leading scholars, researchers, and practitioners in the field of law enforcement
• Descriptions of United States Federal Agency law enforcement components
• Comprehensive and inclusive coverage, exploring concepts and social and legal patterns within the larger topical concern
• Global, multidisciplinary analysis

Key Themes
• Agencies, Associations, and Organizations
• Civilian/Private Involvement
• Communications
• Crime Statistics
• Culture/Media
• Drug Enforcement
• Federal Agencies/Organizations
• International
• Investigation, Techniques
• Types of Investigation
• Investigative Commissions
• Law and Justice
• Legislation/Legal Issues
• Military
• Minority Issues
• Personnel Issues
• Police Conduct
• Police Procedure
• Policing Strategies
• Safety and Security
• Specialized Law Enforcement Agencies
• Tactics
• Terrorism
• Victims/Witnesses

Editors
Marie Simonetti Rosen
Dorothy Moses Schulz
M. R. Haberfeld
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Editorial Board
Geoffrey Alpert, University of South Carolina
Thomas Feltes, University of Applied Police Sciences, Spaichingen, Germany
Lorie A. Fridell, Police Executive Research Forum, Washington, DC
James J. Fyfe, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
David T. Johnson, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Peter K. Manning, Northeastern University
Stephen D. Mastrofski, George Mason University
Rob Mawby, University of Plymouth, U.K.
Mark Moore, Harvard University
Maurice Punch, London School of Economics, U.K.
Wesley G. Skogan, Northwestern University

"This unique encyclopedia is separated into three volumes: State and Local, which covers aspects of policing applicable to the lives of every-day citizens; Federal and National, which emphasizes laws, organizations, and initiatives on a nation-wide scale; and International, which delves into law enforcement practices around the world. Though Sullivan (government, emeritus, John Jay Coll. of Criminal Justice) is the overall editor of the set, each volume boasts its own distinguished editors as well as a corps of academic writers.  Volume 3 is uniquely valuable: there is currently no comparable source, with its articles-maps included-on police function in more than 150 countries...aimed at the general reader, law enforcement practitioners, students, and academics, the encyclopedia aims to create a more nuanced understanding of law enforcement than the one available from news media and television shows and to serve as a resource for "law enforcement as a serious academic study [now] in its second generation." Recommended for both specialized and general collections."

Janice Dunham
John Jay Coll. of Criminal Justice Lib., CUNY
Library Journal

"The Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement provides a through overview of law enforcement in the U.S. and around the world. . . .  The Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement is a valuable contribution to the field of criminal justice. It is accessible to students and general readers and should be particularly useful for correcting misconceptions about police work. It is recommended for academic and large public libraries."

Michelle Hendley
BOOKLIST

More than 300 academic and professional experts have contributed 568 essays addressing such topics as civilian involvement in law enforcement, uniform crime reports, response time, drug enforcement, racial profiling, vehicle searches and whistle-blowing. . . . this set is suitable for both academic and public libraries.

John R.M. Lawrence, Reference Librarian
East Carolina University

"The thematic divisions offers a fine focus on different types of policing, with entries on the law enforcement system and process covering laws, areas of enforcement, legal history and more. From entries on international terrorism to drunk driving, over three hundred contributors of scholars, researchers and practitioners in different areas of law enforcement provide a reference packed with material essential for understanding the system: agencies and organizations, investigation techniques, military issues, conduct and ethical questions and much more, from the general to the specialized topic. An outstanding library reference."

MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

"The weight 3-volume ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LAW ENFORCEMENT isn't for the general lending collectiion but is a special and ongoing recommendation for the college collection with courses strong in criminal justice. Each volume is divided by law area: V. 1 covers State and Local, V. 2 is Federal and V. 3 is international. The thematic divisions offers a fine focus on different types of policing, with entries on the law enforcement system and process covering laws, areas of enforcement, legal history and more. From entries on international terrorism to drunk driving, over three hundred contributors of scholars, researchers and practitioners in different areas of law enforcement provide a reference packed with material essential for understanding the system: agencies and organizations, investigation techniques, military issues, conduct and ethical questions and much more, from the general to the specialized topic. An outstanding library reference."

James A. Cox
Editor-in-Chief
The Midwest Book Review
Key features
More comprehensive than encyclopedias on the market

Thematic orientation of each volume is unique and quite valuable.

High profile editors from the top criminal justice program in the world. 

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