Source: (2003) Portland, OR and Devon, UK: Willan Publishing.
Chapters on policing in its comparative and historical context consider the major models of policing and how they developed, how policing is best theorized and understood, how policing was organized before formal state agencies became the norm in liberal democracies, and how policing has developed in the past two centuries. Papers on the context in which policing occurs consider the features of international and domestic policing structures, how the police service is organized domestically, what rank structures and organizational hierarchies indicate about modern policing, how international and transnational forms of policing have developed, the powers available to the police and how they are used, and how policing is represented and understood in the media. Chapters that focus on how the British police operate address how the police analyze and investigate crime; the major models of policing (problem-oriented policing, community policing, and intelligence-led policing) and how they are applied; the police approach in crime reduction and community safety; drugs policing; and whether responses to terrorism and organized crime have changed as a result of globalization and the emergence of transnational policing bodies. The final section of chapters examines a range of key themes in contemporary policing, including the policing of ethnic minority communities, gender issues in policing, policing and ethics, the governance and accountability of policing, leadership and performance management, new technologies in policing and their impact on police practice and culture, restorative justice in policing, and the future of policing. Abstract courtesy of National Criminal Justice Reference Service, www.ncjrs.org.
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