This comprehensive text provides an overview of law enforcement topics, integrating major empirical findings and theory-based research findings in the field with a thorough analysis of contemporary policing problems. The issues-oriented discussion focuses on critical concerns facing American police, including personnel systems, organization and management, operations, discretion, use of force, culture and behavior, ethics and deviance, civil liability and police-community relations. A critical assessment of police history and the role politics played in the development of American police institutions is offered. Globalization, terrorism and homeland security are addressed. Video links provide additional coverage of topics discussed in the text.
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)
Larry K. Gaines is professor and chair of the Criminal Justice Department at California State University-San Bernardino. He served as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police for 14 years and has consulted with a variety of police agencies in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia, and California. Dr. Gaines has served as Secretary Treasurer and President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He has received many awards, including the Founders Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the Outstanding Educator Award from the Southern Criminal Justice Association, and the Outstanding Service Award from the Police Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. In 2001, he served as a member of the California POST Committee that developed police training curricula for racial profiling.
Victor E. Kappeler, a former police officer, is a Foundation Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. He is recognized as a leading scholar in such fields as policing, media, and the social construction of crime, and police civil liability, among other related fields. Dr. Kappeler continues to provide in-service training for police officers and is well published in professional areas of policing. Among many other honors, Kappeler received the 2006 Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety Award for Academic Excellence and the 2005 Outstanding Criminal Justice Alumnus Award from Sam Houston State University, where he earned his doctoral degree, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Critical Criminology.
1. The Police in American Society 2. Historical Perspectives 3. Personnel Systems 4. Organization and Management 5. Police Operations 6. Police Discretion 7. Police Use of Force 8. Police Culture and Behavior 9. Ethics and Deviance 10. Civil Liability 11. The Police in the Modern Community 12. Policing the Drug Problem 13. Globalization, Terrorism, and Homeland Security