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Police Field Operations: Theory Meets Practice, 2nd Edition

By Michael Birzer, Cliff Roberson

Published by Prentice Hall

Published Date: Jan 23, 2014


Police Field Operations: Theory Meets Practice, 2/e is a comprehensive, readable text that presents a practical look at police field operations and is designed to be used in one-semester courses on police operations or patrol procedures. Chapters have been designed to be independent units that can be taught individually, but also build upon each other to provide a complete picture of police operations. The text cover all major areas of police operations including patrolling, investigations, crime mapping, community policing, hot pursuit issues, communications, gangs and drugs, and more. Discussions focus on issues and challenges that police officers face on the job and help students bridge the gap between theory and practice.


Teaching and Learning Experience


This program will provide a better teaching and learning experience—for you and your students. It provides:

  • Clear links between theory and practice: Chapters help students understand theoretical concepts and directly apply them to field operations.
  • Comprehensive coverage: The text is a complete resource for field operations courses.
  • Readable discussions: Straightforward language and insightful features make the text readable and engaging.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1        Police Patrol: The Backbone of Policing

Chapter 2        Police Field Procedures

Chapter 3        Police Operations in a Community Policing Environment

Chapter 4        The Crime Scene and Preliminary Investigation

Chapter 5        Interviewing and Interrogation

Chapter 6        Handling Calls for Service

Chapter 7        Forensics

Chapter 8        Legal Constraints That Impact Police Operations

Chapter 9        Police Reports and Other Correspondence

Chapter 10      Police Communications

Chapter 11      Gangs and Drugs

Chapter 12      Police Operations in Culturally Diverse Communities

Chapter 13      Crime Mapping and Analysis

Chapter 14      Handling Terrorism and Natural Disasters

Chapter 15      Ethics and Police Operations

This title is also sold in the various packages listed below. Before purchasing one of these packages, speak with your professor about which one will help you be successful in your course.

Package ISBN-13: 9780133955781

Includes this title packaged with:

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  • Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science Plus MyCJLab with Pearson eText -- Access Code Package, 11th Edition
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  • Criminal Procedure: From First Contact to Appeal Plus MyCJLab with Pearson eText -- Access Card Package, 5th Edition
    John L. Worrall

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ISBN-10: 0-13-359938-8

ISBN-13: 978-0-13-359938-1

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