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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.
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