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NCJ Number: 186562 Find in a Library
Title: Introduction to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, Sixth Edition
Author(s): Harry M. Wrobleski; Karen M. Hess
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 639
Sponsoring Agency: Wadsworth Publishing Co
Belmont, CA 94002
Publication Number: ISBN 0-534-51921-0
Sale Source: Wadsworth Publishing Co
20 Davis Drive
Belmont, CA 94002
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This text has major sections with chapters on the evolution of law enforcement and criminal justice, contemporary law enforcement, challenges to the policing profession, and the criminal justice system in action.
Abstract: The three chapters of Section I provide the context within which to understand contemporary policing, including its history and traditions, the laws under which it operates and which it enforces, and those who disobey the laws and their victims. Section II is designed to help the reader understand the traditional organization and functions of law enforcement. First, an overview of the organization, goals, characteristics, and culture is presented, followed by descriptions of two approaches to policing that are gaining popularity throughout the country, i.e., community policing and problem-oriented policing. This is followed by a discussion of the general functions of most agencies, namely, patrol and traffic, as well as the specialized functions larger agencies perform, such as investigation, SWAT teams, school liaison officers, and reserve officers. Section III explores significant challenges to the policing profession in the 21st century. These are drugs and gangs, policing within the legal parameters set for police, issues of police conduct, and the recruiting and selection of officers. Section IV introduces the other two components of the criminal justice system, i.e., courts and corrections, with a final chapter devoted to the juvenile justice system. This sixth edition has been updated, with the majority of sources cited being published in 1998 or 1999. The text has also been reorganized. Chapter discussion questions and references as well as extensive tables and figures
Main Term(s): Police management
Index Term(s): Community policing; Corrections policies; Court procedures; Drug law enforcement; Gangs; History of policing; Juvenile justice system; Police personnel selection; Police responsibilities; Problem-Oriented Policing; Recruitment; Victims of Crime
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