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Policing Issues: Challenges & Controversies

Author(s): Jeffrey Ian Ross, PhD, Professor, School of Criminal Justice, College of Public Affairs - University of Baltimore
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  • ISBN-13: 9780763771386
  • Paperback    338 pages      © 2012
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"This is an absolutely refreshing take on policing that recognizes the need for rational social justice-oriented reform, guided by the identification of problems in policing and their potential solutions, and drawing on “experts, observers, or consumers of policing services.”...The text is clearly student-centered and skillfully achieves the goal of contextualizing policing issues for a student audience."

-Matthew J. Hickman, (2013) "Review of Policing Issues: Challenges and Controversies", Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, Vol. 36 Iss: 2, pp.467 - 468

Policing Issues: Challenges and Controversies analyzes the most pressing challenges affecting municipal policing in the United States today. Longstanding and emerging issues are critically examined with a solutions-focus to provide readers with a strong understanding of the problems affecting citizens, communities, police officers, and administrators. Discussions are grounded in empirical research, other relevant scholarly literature, and current events to provide readers with trusted and well-rounded information. This text is ideal for those considering or training for a career in policing, or those currently working as police/law enforcement officers.

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Features & Benefits

  • Provides a brief background and historical overview of each challenge, and then delves deeper into topics not sufficiently covered in introductory policing texts. (e.g., police use of excessive force, police corruption, technology).
  • Integrates current events (e.g., terrorism, CompStat, zero tolerance policing, evidence based policing) in both policing and wider American society that can affect the practice of policing.
  • Includes critical knowledge and study tools such as multiple-choice, short answer, and essay questions.
Acknowledgments
Preface
Table of Contents
Part  1  Introduction to Policing
  Chapter  1  Introduction to Policing
  Chapter  2  The History of Municipal Policing in the United States
  Chapter  3  The Mythology of Municipal Policing
Part  2  Problems for Citizens and the Community
  Chapter  4  Emphasizing Public Relations Over Crime Reduction
  Chapter  5  Failure to Properly Investigate Crime (i.e., Problems with Detective Function)
  Chapter  6  Improper Discretion
  Chapter  7  Inability to Significantly Reduce Crime (i.e., Problems with Patrol)
  Chapter  8  Poor Police-Community Relations
  Chapter  9  Deviancy and Corruption
  Chapter  10  Police Violence/Excessive Force
Part  3  Problems for Police Officers and Administrators
  Chapter  11  Failure to Adopt and/or Properly Use New Technology
  Chapter  12  Inability to Properly Manage and Lead
  Chapter  13  Co-operation/Collaboration with Other Criminal Justice Agencies
  Chapter  14  Underfunding
  Chapter  15  Inadequate Wages and Compensation
  Chapter  16  Ineffective/Insufficient Recruitment, Education and Training
  Chapter  17  Working Conditions
  Chapter  18  Conclusion: The Future of Policing
References
Author Index
Subject Index

Jeffrey Ian Ross, PhD-Professor, School of Criminal Justice, College of Public Affairs - University of Baltimore

Jeffrey Ian Ross, Ph.D. is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice, College of Public Affairs, and a Fellow of the Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Baltimore.

He has researched, written, and lectured on national security, political violence, political crime, violent crime, corrections, policing, cybercrime, and crime and justice in Indian Country for over two decades. Ross' work has appeared in many academic journals and books, as well as popular media. He is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of sixteen books.
 
Ross is a frequent and respected subject matter expert for local, regional, national and international news media. He has made live appearances on CNN, including Jack Cafferty's "In the Money," and "Larry King Live," CNBC, including “Geraldo Live,” and on Fox national news, including "Hannity and Colmes" and "The O'Reilly Factor." Additionally Ross has written op-eds for The (Baltimore) Sun, The (Maryland) Daily Record, The Gazette (weekly community newspapers serving Maryland's Montgomery, Frederick, Prince Georges and Carroll counties), the Baltimore Examiner, and the Tampa Tribune.

From 1995-1998, Ross was a social science analyst with the National Institute of Justice, a Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2003, he was awarded the University of Baltimore's Distinguished Chair in Research Award. During the early 1980s, Jeff worked almost four years in a correctional institution. His website is www.jeffreyianross.com.

  • This is an absolutely refreshing take on policing that recognizes the need for rational social justice-oriented reform, guided by the identification of problems in policing and their potential solutions, and drawing on “experts, observers, or consumers of policing services.” While acknowledging the importance of research in this process, there is a healthy dose of skepticism interjected by directly asking the tough questions: who is doing the research, who is the audience, what methodologies are being employed, and at what levels of analysis? The text is clearly student-centered (indeed, the organization of the text was guided in part by Ross’ research on his own students) and skillfully achieves the goal of contextualizing policing issues for a student audience. Each chapter concludes with a glossary of terms and review questions...All in all, I am quite pleased with Policing Issues and would whole heartedly recommend it for adoption in undergraduate introduction to policing or introduction to law enforcement courses. This text will excite students and make the experience enjoyable for students and professors alike.

    -Matthew J. Hickman, (2013) "Review of Policing Issues: Challenges and Controversies", Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, Vol. 36 Iss: 2, pp.467 - 468

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