Citizens Defending America: From Colonial Times to the Age of Terrorism

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Today, concerns over homeland security have led thousands of Americans to volunteer for various citizen emergency response groups, such as the Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Community Emergency Response Teams, fire units, etc. In Citizens Defending America, Martin Greenberg focuses new attention on the subject of citizen volunteerism by chronicling the nature and purpose of volunteer police units--authorized organizations of a public or private nature that work at deterring crime and/or preventing ...
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Overview

Today, concerns over homeland security have led thousands of Americans to volunteer for various citizen emergency response groups, such as the Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Community Emergency Response Teams, fire units, etc. In Citizens Defending America, Martin Greenberg focuses new attention on the subject of citizen volunteerism by chronicling the nature and purpose of volunteer police units--authorized organizations of a public or private nature that work at deterring crime and/or preventing terrorism for little or no monetary compensation--in America since 1620. A number of these historical groups responsible for maintaining the civil order of the day--slave patrols, frontier posses, vice suppression societies, the American Protective League, for example--now seem controversial when viewed through a contemporary lens.

Greenberg uses the history of such groups to reflect upon the nation's past and to consider the possibilities for a safe and secure future. He also emphasizes the role of young people in the fields of security and safety, and stresses the need for more qualified, trained volunteers to help cope with man-made and natural disasters.

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What People Are Saying

Dennis C. Rousey
Martin Greenberg's study of citizen policing is a superlative combination of scholarship--deeply rooted in historical background--and creative concern for modern public policy. Every policymaker and concerned citizen who would like to live in a safer America in this age of international and domestic terrorism can benefit from Greenberg's lucid, engaging, and eminently sensible analysis. (Arkansas State University)
Phillip C.H. Shon
Professor Greenberg synthesizes disparate and scattered material on volunteer police into a historically cogent framework. This book is a must read for serious students and scholars of policing. (Indiana State University)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822942641
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 277
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Alan Greenberg is associate professor of criminal justice and director of the Criminal Justice Administration graduate program at Point Park University. His published works include Auxiliary Police: The Citizen’s Approach to Public Safety and Prohibition Enforcement: Charting a New Mission.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Unraveling the concept of volunteer policing 1
2 The lay justice era : from 1607 to 1800 21
3 The vigilant era : from 1800 to the 1880s 40
4 The spy era : from the 1880s to 1920 73
5 The transformation era : from 1920 to 1941 109
6 The assimilation era : from 1941 to the present 148
7 Potential roles for volunteer police service 186
8 The role of volunteer police in terrorism prevention 209
App. A Volunteer police timeline 231
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