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Law Enforcement in the United States, Third Edition

Author(s): James A. Conser, PhD, CPP, Professor Emeritus, Youngstown State University
Rebecca Paynich, PhD, Curry College
Terry E. Gingerich, PhD, Western Oregon University
  • ISBN-13: 9780763799380
  • Paperback    488 pages      © 2013
Price: $204.95 US List
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By examining the influence of social, political, economic and cultural forces on the evolution of modern law enforcement, this updated Third Edition discusses the struggle between existing conventions in law enforcement and today's push for reform. This book is an ideal introduction to law enforcement and goes beyond discussions of local policing to examine how forces like technology, privatization, and the threat of terrorism are affecting law enforcement on local, state, and national levels. Readers will learn how these diverse and unpredictable forces are shaping the future of law enforcement in the United States, and will come away with the ability to think critically about law enforcement issues.

New Material added to the revised and updated Third Edition:

  • Stay Current boxes throughout the text offer references and key search terms for further internet research
  • Updated figures, tables, charts and other statistical and descriptive information
  • New chapter on socialization, advancement, and professionalism (chapter 8), including ethics and misconduct
  • Updated discussions on "Technology in Law Enforcement" (chapter 11)
  • New chapter with emphasis on law enforcement's role in national security, homeland security, and protecting private assets (chapter 12)
  • A separate chapter on "Policing Strategies, Tactics, and Daily Operations" (chapter 13)
  • An updated and expanded chapter on management issues

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  • Thoroughly updated with the most current figures, tables, charts and other statistical and descriptive information.
  • Contains more photographs and web links to articles and sites to help students stay abreast of emerging issues.
  • Each chapter contains Key Terms, Critical Thinking Questions, Chapter Specific Web Links, Glossary, References, and Additional Readings.
  • Instructor resources include an instructor's manual containing lecture outlines, discussion questions, and an answer key to the critical thinking questions found in the text; test bank; and Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides.

Applicable Courses

This updated Third Edition is an ideal introduction to law enforcement and is suitable for courses titled Police Science and Criminal Justice, Police and Society, Introduction to Policing/Introduction to Law Enforcement.

Chapter  1  The Field of Law Enforcement
Chapter  2  A Brief History of Early Policing
Chapter  3  The Evolution of Law Enforcement in the United States
Chapter  4  The Public Law Enforcement Community in the United States
Chapter  5  Organizational Structure and Its Impact
Chapter  6  Law Enforcement Tasks, Roles, and Styles
Chapter  7  The Selection, Training, & Education of Personnel
Chapter  8  Socialization, Advancement, & Professionalism
Chapter  9  Legal Restrictions and Challenges
Chapter  10  Crime and Theory: Applying Values and Strategies
Chapter  11  Technology and Law Enforcement
Chapter  12  National Security, Homeland Security, and Private Sector Protection
Chapter  13  Policing Models, Strategies, and Tactics
Chapter  14  Future Issues in Law Enforcement and Recommendations
Appendix  I  Constitution of the United States
Appendix  II  Timelines
Appendix  III  Selected Organizational Charts
Appendix  IV  Minimum Hours of Basic Training for the States of New York, California, and Florida

James A. Conser, PhD, CPP-Professor Emeritus, Youngstown State University

James (Jim) Conser is Professor Emeritus at Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio. He earned an A.B. degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Youngstown State University, an M.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University, and a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University.

He began his career as a police officer in Arlington County, Virginia in 1972. He has held academic and university administrative positions (instructor, professor, department chair, and assistant dean) since 1975. He was an Assistant Executive Director of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) from 1999 through 2002. Jim is a Certified Protection Professional through ASIS International. He is coauthor of two textbooks: Law Enforcement in the United States, Second Edition  and The Police Personnel System; and has contributed several chapters to other texts.

He is a lifetime member, and former National Secretary, of Police Futurists International. He also is a lifetime member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and a member of the American Society for Industrial Security, the World Futures Society, the Ohio Crime Prevention Association, and the Ohio Council of Criminal Educators. Jim serves his local community as a volunteer firefighter. He and his wife have three married daughters, and four grandchildren.

Rebecca Paynich, PhD-Curry College

Rebecca Paynich earned a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (2000) and Ph.D. in Political Science (2003) from Washington State University, and currently teaches at Curry College, in Milton, MA. Dr. Paynich’s teaching skills take a generalist approach toward the Criminal Justice field. She holds classes in statistics, crime mapping, corrections, police, criminal justice ethics, criminology, criminal justice policy, and many others.

Dr. Paynich has been involved in several research projects throughout her academic career including work as a researcher on the Project Safe Neighborhood grant for the state of North Dakota. While her primary research interests revolve around law enforcement, she also does work in the areas of criminal justice theory and policy, and crime mapping. She has coauthored two books, Law Enforcement in the United States, Second Edition, and The Fundamentals of Crime Mapping: Principles and Practice. She has also published in Police Practice and Research: An International Journal and Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice. She is married and has two children.

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Terry E. Gingerich, PhD-Western Oregon University

Dr. Terry E. Gingerich is an associate professor of criminal justice at Western Oregon University. He earned his Ph.D. from Washington State University in 2002. He also holds a MA from California State University Los Angeles and a BA from the University of San Francisco. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Gingerich served 25 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, retiring in 1996 as a sergeant. He worked a variety of assignments with the LASD, including tours in custody, patrol, administration, and detective divisions. Prior to joining the LASD, he was a police officer with the Metropolitan Police Department, Washington DC. He served four and half years in the USMC (1963-1968). He holds basic, intermediate, advanced, and supervisory certificates from the California Commission of Police Officer Standards and Training.

Dr. Gingerich has coauthored one book: Law Enforcement in the United States, Second Edition, and published a chapter in the World Encyclopedia of Police and Correctional Systems (2006). He has also published in the Asian Journal of Criminology, the Justice Policy Journal and Asian Politics and Policy. He is a member of the Police Administration Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the Asian Association of Police Studies. Dr. Gingerich’s research interest include: police history, criminal justice policy, comparative criminal justice, and police management. He is married and has five children and six grandchildren

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