How to Be a Great Cop / Edition 1

How to Be a Great Cop / Edition 1

by Neal E. Trautman
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Prentice Hall

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How to Be a Great Cop / Edition 1

An easy-to-read handbook that incorporates years of law enforcement training and experience, How to Be a Great Cop shares the insights and experiences of officers who have been there. Written to provide readers with an accurate view of the realities of the job, the book outlines surviving on the street and the emotional and medical implications of the job, as well as, the history of law enforcement, dealing with the criminal justice system and guidelines for what it takes to be an outstanding officer. The author outlines the importance of integrity, dealing with the judicial system, surviving the street, emotional health, and staying physically fit. For law enforcement professionals and individuals interested law enforcement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780130324740
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Publication date: 12/29/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with End Notes.)

1. Cops—Then and Now.

Evolution of Police. Technological Advancement. In-Service Training. Role of the Police. The Contemporary Cop. Leadership. Contemporary Law Enforcement Agencies. Summary of Data about Law Enforcement Personnel.

2. Integrity versus Corruption.

Corruption. Facts about Bad Cops. Honesty. Ethical Perceptions. Excuses. Code of Ethics. Oath of Honor—The New Movement. Canon of Police Ethics. Responsibilities. Temptations.

3. Character of Great Cops.

Enthusiasm. Courage. Positive Outlook. Discipline. Caring Attitude. Self-Control. Wisdom. Hard Work and Dedication. Support, Training, and Development. Education.

4. Cops and the Judicial System.

The Law. American Criminal Justice. The Criminal Justice Process. Prosecution. Courts. Crime and Justice. Civil Suits against Law Enforcement. Plea Bargaining. Defense Attorneys. Legal Glossary.

5. Surviving the Street.

Circumstances of Officer Murders. Anticipating Danger. Physiological Changes and Reactions in Crises. Good Cops and Bad Cops. Dangerous Myths. Mental Preparedness. Working the Street. Shoot Outs. Learn from Nonsurvivors. Never Give Up!

6. Emotionally Surviving.

Life Patterns. Understand Your Career Choice. Stress. Personal Relationships.

7. Staying Physically Fit.

Importance of Fitness. Your Fitness Lifestyle. Stretching. Nutrition and Eating Habits. Stay Motivated.


Federal Law Enforcement Agencies. Law Enforcement Training Organizations. Law Enforcement-Related Associations. State Training Councils and Police Standards Commissions. Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics.


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