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The Essentials

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Police Studies

September 2021 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Offering a brief, accessible, and timely introduction, Policing: The Essentials, hones in on core concepts and provides strong coverage on the foundations of policing. Authors Carol A. Archbold, Carol M. Huynh, and Thomas Mrozla use contemporary scholarship to focus on the current climate of policing and criminal justice, crafting one of the most diverse and inclusive books for the policing course.

With a unique chapter on police effectiveness and community policing, plus ample opportunities for critical thinking and application by the reader, Policing: The Essentials offers a close examination of what matters in policing today and provides students with the key information they need to understand modern policing practices in our society.

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Part I. Overview of the Police in the United States
Chapter 1. A Timeline of Policing in America
Chapter 2. Traditional and Contemporary Policing Strategies
Chapter 3. The Scope of American Law Enforcement
Chapter 4. Police Officers and Police Culture: Diversity and Workplace Experiences
Chapter 5. Becoming a Police Officer: Recruitment, Selection, Training and Promotion
Part II. Police Operations and Effectiveness
Chapter 6. Police Organization and Leadership
Chapter 7. Patrol, Investigations, and Technology
Chapter 8. Police Effectiveness
Chapter 9. Police Liability and Accountability
Part III. Police and Society
Chapter 10. The Public and the Police: Perceptions and Interactions
Chapter 11. Discretion and the Police
Chapter 12. Police Deviance and Ethics
Chapter 13. Contemporary Issues in American Policing


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"Policing: The Essentials is a peer reviewed examination of current police administrative policy and procedures. The text begins with historical information and ends with the future of policing. I highly recommend the text."

Kenneth Whitman, Ph.D.,
Alabama A&M University

“I very much appreciate the expansive focus on race/ethnicity and gender and how this impact police-citizen relations… Overall I was very satisfied with this coverage and found that it filled many important gaps from other similar texts.”

Carl Root
Eastern Kentucky University

“Solid text with good overviews of topics relating to American Police.”

Jeffrey L Schwartz
Rowan University

“It is a textbook on contemporary policing issues. It is clear and easy to follow for students.”

Dr. Mercedes Valadez, Division of Criminal Justice
California State University, Sacramento