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Policing: The Essentials

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

Publication Date - September 2021

ISBN: 9780190921972

224 pages
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $39.95

The most concise, flexible and affordable Introduction to Policing text.


This book is part of the plan to build out the successful Essentials series (Lab's Criminal Justice: The Essentials is now in a 6th edition and has core following in that segment of the market) and is envisioned as a brief treatise on policing in a similar fashion to Criminal Justice: The Essentials. It responds to a need for a more concise presentation of policing without the in-depth review of policing with all the pictures, tables and figures found in most books. This book will include 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 an Associate Professor at Bowling Green State University.

John Liederbach is a Professor at Bowling Green State University.

Steven P. Lab is the Chair and a Professor at Bowling Green State University. He has written successful textbooks including Victimology 8e with Routledge, Crime Prevention 9e with Routledge, and Juvenile Justice 8e with Routledge.

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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