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Police in America

Police in America

Third Edition

Other Titles in:
Police Studies

September 2023 | 568 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Grounded in evidence-based research, Police in America, Third Edition provides a comprehensive and realistic introduction to modern-day policing in the United States. Written in a conversational tone and designed to be reader-friendly, this text helps students grasp best practices in everyday policing and encourages them to think critically about common misconceptions of police work. Author Steven G. Brandl draws from his experience with law enforcement to emphasize the positive aspects of policing while addressing its controversies and tackling topics centered on one pivotal question: "What is good policing?" Discussions of discretion, police use of force, and tough ethical and moral dilemmas offer students a deeper look into the complex issues of policing, prompting them to think more broadly about its impact on society.
Part I: Foundations for The Study of The Police
Chapter 1: An Introduction to The Police in America
Chapter 2: The History of The Police in America
Chapter 3: The Characteristics and Structure of Police Organizations
Chapter 4: The Role of The Police
Part II: Police Work
Chapter 5: Police Recruitment, Selection, And Training
Chapter 6: Police Patrol
Chapter 7: Crime Detection and Investigation
Chapter 8: Police Discretion and Its Control
Chapter 9: The Law of Search, Seizure, And Self-Incrimination
Part III: The Hazards of Police Work
Chapter 10: Health and Safety Issues in Police Work
Chapter 11: Police Use of Force
Chapter 12: Police Misconduct and Corruption
Part IV: Police Strategies and The Future of The Police in America
Chapter 13: Community and Problem-Oriented Policing
Chapter 14: Evidence-Based and Intelligence-Led Policing
Chapter 15: Crime, Technology, And the Future of American Policing


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"The best introduction to policing textbook I’ve found thus far."

Shana Mell
Virginia Commonwealth University

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Clarion University of PA