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NCJ Number: 184455 Find in a Library
Title: Introduction to Law Enforcement: An Insider's View
Author(s): William G. Doerner
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 354
Sponsoring Agency: Butterworth-Heinemann
Woburn, MA 01801-2041
Publication Number: ISBN 0-7506-9812-8
Sale Source: Butterworth-Heinemann
225 Wildwood Ave
Woburn, MA 01801-2041
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This introductory textbook on the theory and practice of policing incorporates the author’s experience as a part-time sworn law enforcement officer for the Tallahassee, Fla., Police Department since 1980 and as a faculty member in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University since 1977.
Abstract: The text addresses four issues: (1) how the police function has involved, (2) what it takes to become a full-fledged law enforcement officer, (3) police activities on the street, and (4) policing issues off the street. Individual chapters explain the early history of social control and how it floundered due to social developments before law enforcement was formally established and problems with the emerging institution of policing in the 20th century. Additional chapters discuss police personnel qualifications, the hiring process, the transition from the civilian arena to sworn status, the fundamentals of criminal law, principles of search and seizure, and interrogation practices. Further chapters explain the concerns involved in decision making about arrest, police typologies, and police use of force. Other chapters focus on police occupational stress, civil liability as a solution to police misconduct, policing as a profession or an occupation, the developments that may affect the future of policing. Checklists, forms, photographs, tables, chapter review and discussion questions, lists of cases cited, index, and chapter reference lists
Main Term(s): Police responsibilities
Index Term(s): Arrest and apprehension; History of policing; Interview and interrogation; Police legal limitations; Police misconduct; Police occupational stress; Police personnel selection; Police use of deadly force; Police work attitudes; Search and seizure
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