Trends in Policing: Interviews with Police Leaders Across the Globe, Volume Three

Otwin Marenin, Dilip K. Das

May 22, 2017 by CRC Press
Reference - 460 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138113213 - CAT# K35223
Series: Interviews with Global Leaders in Policing, Courts, and Prisons

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Features

  • Offers insiders’ views of how police perceive themselves and their work
  • Provides a balanced understanding to complement scholarly studies of the police
  • Covers a range of police cultures, from Germany to the Congo
  • Presents the work of scholars skilled at asking the most cogent interview questions

Summary

Several years ago, the Trends in Policing series unveiled insiders’ accounts of how police leaders perceive the work they do. These volumes feature interviews with practitioners who speak candidly about their concerns and opinions. They present their evaluations of programs and philosophies that worked and those that did not, describe their conceptions of success and failure, and offer the experiences and insights gained from living the police life. Composed of new interviews, Volume Three continues in the tradition of providing a revealing depiction of diverse police perspectives across a range of different cultures.

The environments in which the subjects of these interviews operate differ vastly in terms of political life, economic resources, social structures, police-community relations, and transnational interactions. Some work in very large organizations; others, in tiny departments. Some are engaged in high-tech environments and others struggle with outdated equipment. Some must contend with routine political interference as others proceed with minimal influence. And some enjoy popular confidence while others are widely despised. The vast range of experiences profiled demonstrates how context significantly determines how police leaders feel about their work.

Sociological studies by academics are plentiful in the policing literature. But police leaders possess an abundance of knowledge that can complement, challenge, and support the more cerebral, scholarly treatments. This thoughtful perspective from the vantage point of individuals in the field enables a balanced understanding of the nuances and dynamics of police culture, elevating the topic to a heightened level of discourse.

 

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