Provides an overview of police work and an assessment of policing, and recommends future directions of law enforcement operations and policies. Discusses police in American society, historical perspectives, police operations and discretion, culture and behavior, ethics and deviance, civil liability, policing the drug problem, and the future of policing. Tables and special information are boxed and highlighted, and each chapter ends with a list of references for further reading. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Focusing on the role of the police in our contemporary society, this textbook examines issues central to the understanding of law enforcement. Among these are organizational issues, tactics, discretion, the use of force, police culture, ethics and misconduct, civil liability, and the drug war. The history and future of policing are also considered. A companion study guide contains chapter outlines, discussions of key concepts, and vocabulary exercises. Gaines teaches at California State University, San Bernardino. Kappeler teaches at Eastern Kentucky University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)