Policing America: Methods, Issues, Challenges

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9780130940995: Policing America: Methods, Issues, Challenges

For courses in General Policing, Community Policing, and Policing Issues.

Blending the real and the ideal, this introduction to police work reflects the author's more than 30 years' experience as a police administrator and academic—providing a “real-world” flavor not found in most policing textbooks. Using an exceptionally reader-friendly and personally-involving style, the author speaks in an open, frank manner that attempts to place students inside the officer's uniform. Coverage is both comprehensive and timely, providing in-depth looks at topics such as patrol, terrorism, the police subculture, accountability, civil liability, extraordinary problems and practices, the rule of law, investigations, policing in selected foreign venues, and the future.

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About the Author:

Ken Peak is a full professor and former chairman of the Department of Criminal Justice, University of Nevada, Reno, where he was named Teacher of the Year by the university's Honor Society. He entered municipal policing in Kansas in 1970 and subsequently held positions as a nine-county criminal justice planner in Kansas; director of a four-state Technical Assistance Institute for the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration; director of university of police at Pittsburg State University (Kansas); acting director of public safety, University of Nevada, Reno; and assistant professor of criminal justice at Wichita State University. His textbooks include Community Policing and Problem Solving: Strategies and Practices (3d ed., with Ronald W. Glensor); Justice Administration: Police, Courts, and Corrections Management (3d ed.); Police Supervision (with Ronald W. Glensor and Larry K. Games); and Policing Communities: Understanding Crime and Solving Problems (an anthology, with R. Glensor and M. Correia). He has published two historical books: Kansas Temperance: Much Ado About Booze, 1870-1920 (with P Peak), and Kansas Bootleggers (with Patrick G. O'Brien). He also has published more than 50 journal articles and book chapters. He served as chairman of the Police Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences from 1997-1999 and recently served as president of the Western and Pacific Association of Criminal Justice Educators. His teaching interests include policing, administration, victimology, and comparative justice systems. He received two gubernatorial appointments to statewide criminal justice committees while residing in Kansas and holds a doctorate from the University of Kansas.

From the Back Cover:

Author Kenneth Peak feels that this, the fourth edition of Policing America, is by far "bigger and better" than its three predecessors, providing a comprehensive view of the largely misunderstood, often obscure world of policing.

New to This Edition:
  • New chapter on community oriented policing and problem solving
  • Discussions of terrorism (and the practices and technology being developed to combat it)
  • Less-than-lethal weapons
  • Hate crimes
  • Stalking
  • Updated court decisions

The fourth edition continues to provide in-depth coverage of such topics as patrol, the police subculture, accountability, civil liability, extraordinary problems and practices, the rule of law, investigations, policing in selected foreign venues, and policing in the future.

The author brings more than 30 years of both scholarly and policing backgrounds to this effort; as a result, the chapters contain a "real world" flavor not found in most policing textbooks. Disseminated throughout the book are several "Practitioner's Perspectives"—short essays written by selected individuals who have expertise in particular areas of policing.

From its introduction, written by Darrel W Stephens, police chief of Charlotte, North Carolina, through the final chapter, the reader is provided with a penetrating view of what is certainly one of the most difficult and challenging occupations in America.

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