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Published: 01 November 2019

576 Pages

8 x 10 inches

ISBN: 9780190940805

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Police & Society

Eighth Edition

Kenneth Novak, Gary Cordner, Bradley Smith, and Roy Roberg

Police & Society, Eighth Edition, offers an in-depth and analytical look at policing, from police behavior and organization to operations and historical perspectives. Focusing on the relationship between the police and the community and how it has changed throughout the years, the authors explore the most important theoretical foundations and incisive research on contemporary policing and show how that research is put into practice. The text is enhanced by extensive pedagogy and a unique chapter on higher education and policing.

New to this Edition:

  • Revised and updated with the latest research throughout
  • Provides additional coverage of critical emerging themes, including evidence-based strategies to prevent crime; evolving crime trends; policing in a changing American society; advances in technology; policing in an era of declining budgets; immigration; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues; legitimacy; procedural justice; terrorism/homeland security; and growing concerns about surveillance and privacy
  • Includes significantly expanded material on legitimacy, procedural justice, criminal procedure, misconduct, racial and gender diversity, officer stress and safety, contemporary policing interventions, national estimates on police use of force, social media, intelligence-led policing, competing police strategies, and the bottom line of policing
  • Combines Chapters 5 and 6 to cover police organization and management and organizational change
  • Significantly expands the discussion of field operations into two separate chapters: Chapter 7 focuses on foundations of field operations and investigations, and Chapter 8 focuses on policing innovations
  • Updated Voices from the Field interviews feature new, high-profile subjects
  • Thoroughly revised Inside Policing boxes reflect the tumultuous police-related events of recent years. Many of the boxes include links to a blog maintained by coauthor Gary Cordner, providing students with a wealth of additional resources and inviting students to participate in real time discussions about current events.

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