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Policing America, CourseSmart eTextbook, 6th Edition

By Ken Peak

Published by Prentice Hall

Published Date: Feb 20, 2008

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For courses in Introduction to Policing or General Policing or as a supplemental text for Community Policing or Police Administration.


Taking a new direction and emphasis, this edition of Policing America offers a problem-solving approach and emphasizes what is actually working in the field. Based on the author’s over thirty five years of experience, the book offers complete coverage of traditional policing topics, a concise view of the reorganized federal law enforcement system, and coverage of topics such as homeland security, community policing, investigations, accountability, patrol and technologies. This edition features two new problem-solving chapters, an new problem-solving appendix and over thirty case-study exhibits that reinforce what works to attack such problems as terrorism, gangs, and crimes involving drugs, hate, and youth.

Table of Contents

Part I  Foundations: Development of Law Enforcement Organizations and Police Officers

            1         Historical Development: Coming to America

            2         Federal and State Agencies: Protecting their Borders

            3         Police in Society: Organization and Administration of Municipal and County Agencies

            4         From Citizen to Officer: Preparing For the Street


Part II  Policing As Work: Patrolling, Problem Solving, Detecting

            5         On Patrol: Methods and Menaces

            6         Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving: Confronting Crime and Disorder

            7         Criminal Investigation: The Science of Detection


Part III  Constraints: Rule of Law, Accountability, and Liability

            8         Rule of Law: Expounding the Constitution

            9         Accountability: Ethics, Use of Force, Corruption, and Discipline

            10       Civil Liability: Failing the Public Trust


Part IV  Special Problems, Challenges, and Populations

            11       Addressing Terrorism, Gangs, and Drugs

            12       Crimes Involving Illegal Immigrants, the Mob, Hate, and Youth

            13       Trends and Issues: Labor Relations, Women and Minorities, Stress, and Higher Education


Part V  Other Challenges Today and Beyond

            14       Technology Review: Tools for the Tasks

            15       Focus on the Future


Appendix I: “What Works”: Police Problem-solving Approaches to Community Problems

Appendix II: Career Information  

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$71.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-208308-9