Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement and Policing

Andrew Millie, Ph.D., Dilip K. Das

May 28, 2008 by CRC Press
Reference - 248 Pages - 12 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420072150 - CAT# 72153
Series: International Police Executive Symposium Co-Publications


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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.


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