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Police and Society

Ninth Edition

Author Kenneth Novak, Gary Cordner, Brad Smith, and Roy Roberg

Publication Date - December 2022

ISBN: 9780197617427


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Police & Society, Ninth 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

  • Reassessment and revision of many topics throughout in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, George Floyd's murder, and rising crime rates.
  • Renewed discussion of what it means to police in a democracy (Chapter 1), officer legal immunity (Chapter 2), officer behavior (Chapter 9), the use of force (Chapter 10), and officer accountability (Chapter 11).
  • Coverage of the calls for increasing diversity and inclusion in policing (Chapter 12); the challenges faced by police departments in recruiting and retaining officers during the "Great Resignation" (Chapter 6); policing strategies that effectively address increasing crime rates (Chapters 4 and 7); police legitimacy (Chapter 8); and the effect of COVID-19 on police officers (Chapter 13).

About the Author(s)

Kenneth Novak is Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Gary Cordner is Academic Director in the Education & Training Section, Baltimore Police Department.

Brad Smith is Professor and Chair of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Wayne State University.

Table of Contents

    PART I: Policing Foundations

    Chapter 1: Police in a Democracy

    Chapter 2: Police History

    Chapter 3: Legal Issues

    Chapter 4: Police Strategies

    PART II: Police Administration

    Chapter 5: Police Organization and Management

    Chapter 6: Selection and Development

    Chapter 7: Field Operations: Foundations

    Chapter 8: Innovations in Field Operations

    PART III: Police Behavior

    Chapter 9: Behavior and Misconduct

    Chapter 10: Force and Coercion

    Chapter 11: Accountability and Ethics

    PART IV: Contemporary Issues

    Chapter 12: Diversity and Inclusion

    Chapter 13: Stress and Officer Safety

    Chapter 14: Higher Education

    Chapter 15: Emerging Issues

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