Beyond 911: A New Era for Policing

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Drawing on the experiences of innovative police departments that have tried new approaches to policing in cities as diverse as Los Angeles, Newport News, Virginia, and London, this important book assesses what can be done by enterprising police chiefs and progressive communities to combat the crime and violence that currently engulf our cities.

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Overview

Drawing on the experiences of innovative police departments that have tried new approaches to policing in cities as diverse as Los Angeles, Newport News, Virginia, and London, this important book assesses what can be done by enterprising police chiefs and progressive communities to combat the crime and violence that currently engulf our cities.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The authors, faculty members of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, here trace the development of so-called reform policing, an influential strategy of law enforcement during much of this century. It involves removing police officers from their street beats, putting them in patrol cars and relying on calls to 911 to set them into action. This approach is now under attack--it is seen as purely reactive and often ineffective, for police frequently arrive late at the scene. Instead the authors recommend community policing (also called neighborhood policing), in which law officers seek direction from citizens. Veteran cops tend to resist the new approach, dismissing it as social work, but in their important, stubbornly unpolemical work Sparrow, Moore and Kennedy argue that it is the wave of the future, and clearly outline steps by which this practice can be implemented. (Nov.)
Library Journal
For several years innovative police chiefs have been moving their departments beyond the ``reform model''--which stresses respect for constitutional requirements, organizational efficiency, and rapid response time--toward what is usually called ``community policing'' or ``problem oriented policing.'' In this model they deal with problems at the community level as well as with isolated incidents (911 calls) and routine patrol. Sparrow and coauthors Mark H. Moore and David M. Kennedy, all with the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, offer case studies of individual chiefs followed by discussions of possible changes and improvements in what truly appears to be a new kind of policing. This book is important to police managers wishing to keep up to date in their field and to citizens interested in improving the quality of law enforcement in democracies. Highly recommended for any criminal justice or criminology collection.-- John Broderick, Stonehill Coll., North Easton, Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465006762
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 6/24/1992
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,014,747
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Malcolm K. Sparrow teaches Regulatory and Enforcement Strategy, and Analytic Methods, at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Formerly a Detective Chief Inspector with the British police service, he now specializes in issues of enforcement strategy, regulatory compliance, and risk control—he is the acknowledged national expert on the subject of Health Care Fraud. He is author of The Risk Business: Defining the Regulatory Craft (2000), License to Steal: Why Fraud Plagues America's Health Care System (1996), Imposing Duties: Government's Changing Approach to Compliance (1994); and co-author of Beyond 911: A New Era for Policing (1990) and Ethics in Government: The Moral Challenge for Public Leadership (1990).

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