Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement and Policing

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  • Targets those current issues that most affect and concern police
  • Analyzes the arguments with objective assessments
  • Explores how to juxtapose effective terrorism policing with compassionate, constitutional handling of innocents
  • Draws contributions from officers and academics in the US, Canada, Norway, and Australia
  • Discusses the hotspot matrix approach to crime mapping
  • Covers how police can adapt to new technologies, strategies, and investigative techniques
  • Summary

    Rising terrorism and advances in technology, along with new organizational strategies and investigative techniques, have stretched the traditional role of the police officer. Calls for strong, intelligence-driven, paramilitary policing juxtaposed with a demand for “softer” community policing, leave officers under increased pressure to be tough and resolute, yet compassionate, accountable, and adaptable. A measured analysis of these concerns is crucial to enable police officers to move forward in this increasingly conflicted world
    Drawn from the most important articles in Police Practice and Research, Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement and Policing focuses on the most common issues affecting today’s officers. Enhanced with an introduction and conclusion to present and weigh the arguments and consider the pragmatic aspects and challenges posed, the articles are written by academics and practicing police officers from four countries to provide a balanced, international point of view.
    Assessing the driving forces behind contemporary policing, this book—

    ·         Addresses day-to-day policing and the stress found in both the daily grind and the division and stigmatization of certain branches of the force

    ·         Considers ethics, corruption, and the dangers of misplaced loyalties, highlighting Australian strategies to prevent misconduct

    ·         Provides a typology of terrorism based on scope and justification and discusses appropriate counterterrorism measures, as well as the impact on other policing priorities

    ·         Introduces a temporal component to the traditional spatial emphasis of crime mapping supported by a Madrid case study and its revealing failures

    ·         Discusses restorative policing as a fundamental shift in intervention objectives, from punishment or treatment to an emphasis on repairing harm

    An objective look at today’s trends, this book presents the most pertinent and talked-about issues in modern policing and provides perspective and direction for the future.

    Table of Contents

    Day-to -Day Policing
    Searching for Stress in All the Wrong Places: Combating Chronic Organizational Stressors in Policing, J.B. Stinchcomb
    Constructing the Other within Police Culture: Analysis of a Deviant Unit within a Police Organization, V. Garcia
    Police Ethics and Corruption
    Corruption and the Blue Code of Silence, J.H. Skolnick
    Survey of Innovations in Development and Maintenance of Ethical Standards by Australian Police Departments, T. Prenzler and C. Ronken
    Policing Terror
    Terrorism Old and New: Counterterrorism in Canada, S. Leman-Langlois and J.-P. Brodeur
    Policing Terrorism: A Threat to Community Policing or Just a Shift in Priorities?, J. Murray
    Police Strategy and Investigations
    The Hotspot Matrix: A Framework for Spatio-Temporal Targeting of Crime Reduction, J.H. Ratcliffe
    Catching a Serial Rapist: Hits and Misses in Criminal Profiling, P. Stangeland
    Restorative Policing
    Restorative Policing in Canada: Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Community Justice Forums, and Youth Criminal Justice Act, J. Chatterjee and L. Elliott
    Police Reform, Restorative Justice, and Restorative Policing, G. Bazemore and C.T. Griffiths
    Conclusions, A. Millie and D.K. Das