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NCJ Number: 10720 Find in a Library
Title: DEMOCRATIC POLICEMAN
Author(s): G E BERKLEY
Date Published: 1969
Page Count: 242
Sponsoring Agency: Beacon Press
Boston, MA 02108-2892
Publication Number: U
Sale Source: Beacon Press
25 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108-2892
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: RESTRICTIONS AND ISOLATION OF POLICE WORK CREATE BASIC CONFLICTS WITH THE VALUES OF DEMOCRACY, BUT CAN BE RECONCILED BY PROPER ORIENTATION.
Abstract: THE TOTALITARIAN, QUASI-MILITARY, AND DEFENSIVE TENDENCIES OF AMERICAN POLICE FORCES CAN BE AVOIDED BY INCREASING CIVILIAN INFLUENCE AND INTERACTION, AND BY PROVIDING POLICEMEN WITH EDUCATIONAL AND MONETARY INCENTIVES. TWO YEARS OF COLLEGE STUDY AT A CIVILIAN INSTITUTION SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED AS PART OF MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR RECRUITS. TOP POLICE ADMINISTRATORS SHOULD HAVE ADVANCED EDUCATIONS WITH BROAD ORIENTATION TO ALL ASPECTS OF SOCIETY. LAW ENFORCEMENT SHOULD BE CENTRALIZED AND STANDARDIZED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AT THE STATE LEVEL. MORE GRADATIONS SHOULD BE ADDED TO POLICE RANKS, WITH HIGHER PAY AT ALL LEVELS. POLICEWOMEN SHOULD BE USED FOR ORDINANCE ENFORCEMENT AS WELL AS FOR METER INSPECTIONS AND TRAFFIC CONTROL. GREATER CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT IN CRIME PREVENTION BY SUCH MEANS AS POLICE AUXILIARIES SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED. TEMPTATION FOR POLICE CORRUPTION SHOULD BE REDUCED BY LEGALIZING PROSTITUTION AND GAMBLING. THE AUTHOR DISCUSSES THESE AND OTHER OBJECTIVES AS MEANS OF INTEGRATING AND DEMOCRATIZING THE AMERICAN POLICEMAN.
Index Term(s): Abuse of authority; Auxiliary police units; Career development; Community support; Educational levels; Occupational mobility; Patrol procedures; Personnel administration; Police effectiveness; Police internal affairs; Police organizational structure; Police women; Professionalization; Recruitment
Note: HV7921.B44
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