Policing: Continuity and Change


Policing: Continuity and Change



Building on the successful foundation of Policing Urban America, the authors have collaborated on this concise text to offer readers a solid overview of police work today. Policing: Continuity and Change combines theory, research, policy, and practical experience in a very readable presentation of the current context of policing. Readers can track the evolution of policing from its origins in London through possibilities for the future, as the police respond to demands for accountability and learn to utilize technology to their advantage. Discussions about recruitment, socialization, and organization delineate who the police are and what they do. The text emphasizes the proactive skills officers need to solve problems and to interact with community members. In addition to describing the functions of the police, the book explores challenges facing police officers, including corruption, stress, use of force, and police pursuits. After discussing the many facets of being a police officer, the book concludes with a chapter on available employment opportunities.



Publication Date



Waveland Press Inc.


Long Grove, IL


police - United States, police recruitment and training, police social culture


Social and Behavioral Sciences


Table of Contents


1. Police and the Criminal Justice System

Who Are the Police? / Social Control / The Myth of Crime Fighting / If Not Crime Fighting, What? / The Police in Context

2. History of the Police

British Heritage / The First Modern Police: London / Experience in Early America / Policing in the Twentieth Century / Community-Based and Problem-Oriented Policing / Militarizing the Police / The Four Eras of Policing

3. Police Recruitment, Selection, and Training

Legal Issues Surrounding Recruitment and Selection / Recruiting Police Officers / Qualifications for Police Officers / The Selection Process / Police Training / Summary

4. Police Socialization and the Police Subculture

Are the Police Different? / Police Socialization / The Police Subculture / The Nature of the Work / The Persons and Problems Police Encounter on the Job / The Police Environment / The Changing Face of Police in the United States / Summary

5. Police Organization and Administration

Police Bureaucracy / Police Operations: The Nuts and Bolts of Policing / Police Organization / Police Bureaucracy in Action / Organizational Change / Summary

6. Police Deviance: Corruption and Control

Defining Police Deviance and Corruption / Types of Corruption / Causes of Corruption / Controlling Police Deviance and Corruption / Summary

7. Patrol, Discretion, and Styles of Policing

Discretion / Functions of the Police / Institutional Behavior / Individual Styles / Sources of Variation in Styles of Policing / Evaluating Police Services: A Consumer’s Perspective / Summary

8. The Hazards of Police Work

Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted in the Line of Duty / Police Stress / Consequences of Stress / Solutions / Summary

9. Critical Issues in Policing

Minorities in Policing / Women in Police Work / The Use of Force / Summary

10. The Future of Policing

Responding to Demographic and Economic Changes / Responding to Greater Demands for Accountability / Technology / Summary

Policing: Continuity and Change