Volunteer Police, Choosing to Serve: Exploring, Comparing, and Assessing Volunteer Policing in the United States and the United Kingdom

Ross Wolf, Carol Borland Jones

May 7, 2018 by Routledge
Reference - 186 Pages - 11 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466564954 - CAT# K16073

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  • Addresses the issues of volunteer police forces
  • Provides comparative case studies
  • Includes numerous charts, figures, and photos
  • Supplies insight from both police practitioner and academic perspectives


Volunteer Police, Choosing to Serve provides an in-depth comparison between volunteer policing in the United States and in the United Kingdom, and explores the shared past and similar—yet sometimes divergent—evolution of special constables, auxiliaries, and reserves. It discusses the history of volunteer policing, contemporary authority, functions, and training. The book also examines part-time, auxiliary, and special constable policing roles around the globe. The text contains original research comparing British and American volunteer police, and concludes with a discussion of the future of volunteer policing in the UK and US contexts.