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The Essentials

Michael E. Buerger, John Liederbach, and Steven P. Lab

Publication Date - 30 September 2021

ISBN: 9780190921996

288 pages

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JUST THE FACTS: The most concise, flexible, and affordable Introduction to Policing text


Policing: The Essentials responds to a need for a more concise presentation of policing. It covers the essential materials for understanding the history, development and current operations of policing in an understandable, non-complex discussion of the topics.


  • Flexible and cost-effective yet comprehensive, this is an excellent alternative to larger, often overwhelming texts
  • Provides context and covers current issues and problems and operational challenges for each chapter's subject area
  • Incorporates engaging pedagogical features including web activities, critical-thinking exercises, sidebars, and abundant examples
  • Perfect for instructors who want to use supplements such as articles, journals, and other supplemental texts as part of the course materials package.

About the Author(s)

Michael E. Buerger is Associate Professor at Bowling Green State University.

John Liederbach is Professor at Bowling Green State University.

Steven P. Lab is Chair and Professor at Bowling Green State University.


"The strength of the text is in the simplicity. It provides succinct information that overviews the policing industry and provides students with an understanding of the policing profession."--Robert Handy, CSULB

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Chapter 2: History and Development of Police
    Chapter 3: Roles and Responsibilites of the Police
    Chapter 4: Police Agencies and Organization
    Chapter 5: Police Hiring and Training
    Chapter 6: Legal Issues
    Chapter 7: Officer Issues
    Chapter 8: Into the Future

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