Policing in America, Ninth Edition, provides a thorough analysis of the key issues in policing today, and offers an issues-oriented discussion focusing on critical concerns such as personnel systems, organization and management, operations, discretion, use of force, culture and behavior, ethics and deviance, civil liability, and police-community relations.
In the field of law enforcement in the United States, it is essential to know the contemporary problems being faced and combine that knowledge with empirical research and theoretical reasoning to arrive at best practices and an understanding of policing. The text opens with a critical assessment of police history and the role politics played in the development of American police institutions and concludes with consideration of such contemporary issues as globalization, terrorism, and homeland security.
Appropriate for introductory policing courses, this new edition not only offers updated research and examples, it also incorporates ways for the reader to connect to the content through learning objectives, discussion questions, and "Myths and Realities of Policing" boxes. Video and Internet links provide additional coverage of important issues. With completely revised and updated chapters, Policing in America, Ninth Edition, provides an up-to-date examination of what to expect as a police officer in America.
About the Author:
Larry K. Gaines is Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice at California State University-San Bernardino. He served as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police for 14 years and was a police officer in Lexington, Kentucky. He has consulted with a variety of police agencies in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia, and California. Dr. Gaines has served as Secretary Treasurer and President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He has received many awards, including the Founders Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the Outstanding Educator Award from the Southern Criminal Justice Association, and the Outstanding Service Award from the Police Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. In 2001, he served as a member of the California POST Committee that developed police training curricula for racial profiling. He has published a number of books and journal articles addressing a variety of criminal justice topics and issues.
Victor E. Kappeler, a former police officer, is Retired Foundation Professor and Dean of the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. He is recognized as a leading scholar in such fields as policing, media, and the social construction of crime, and police civil liability, among other related fields. Dr. Kappeler continues to provide in-service training for police officers and is well published in professional areas of policing. Among many other honors, Kappeler received the 2006 Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety Award for Academic Excellence and the 2005 Outstanding Criminal Justice Alumnus Award from Sam Houston State University, where he earned his doctoral degree, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Criminology's Division on Critical Criminology.
Zachary A. Powell is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at California State University, San Bernardino. His research focuses on federal police reform, public policy, and research methods. Outside of work, Zachary is an avid runner, photographer, and home cook.