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NCJ Number: 34668 Find in a Library
Title: AMERICAN POLICE - TEXT AND READINGS
Editor(s): H W MORE
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 287
Sponsoring Agency: West Publishing Co
St Paul, MN 55164
Sale Source: West Publishing Co
610 Opperman Drive
P.O. Box 64526
St Paul, MN 55164
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE 23 ARTICLES IN THIS ANTHOLOGY DEAL WITH THE CONTEMPORARY POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS AFFECTING POLICE BEHAVIOR. ORGANIZATIONAL AND JOB STRESS.
Abstract: THE TEXT BEGINS WITH AN EXAMINATION OF THE HISTORY OF POLICE, FROM THE EARLY HISTORY OF ENGLISH LAW ENFORCEMENT THROUGH URBANIZATION AND MODERNIZATION IN THE UNITED STATES. POLICE FUNCTION IS DISCUSSED FROM THE STANDPOINT OF ORGANIZATION AND DISTRIBUTION, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON POLICE RESPONSE, FUNCTIONS OF PATROL OFFICERS, AND PROBLEMS OF SMALLTOWN POLICE. A SECTION DEALING WITH 'POLICING SOCIETY' PRESENTS ARTICLES ON PSYCHODYNAMIC UNDERSTANDING OF POLICE AND POLICE WORK, THE POLICE PERSPECTIVE, THE CITIZEN PERSPECTIVE, AND POLICE DISCRETION. THE POLICE PERSONALITY IS DISCUSSED, AND ISSUES SUCH AS MISCONCEPTIONS, VALUES, CYNICISM, ANOMIE, AND OVERPERCEPTION OF HOSTILITY ARE EXPLORED. POLICE BEHAVIOR IS ALSO ADDRESSED IN DISCUSSIONS OF POLICE CULTURE, ATTITUDES TOWARD COMMUNICATION WITH THE PUBLIC, POLICE PREJUDICE, POLICE DEVIANCY, AND MILITANT POLICE OFFICERS. ORGANIZATIONAL STRESS ON POLICE OFFICERS, JOB STRESS ON POLICE ADMINISTRATORS, AND THE CONCEPT OF A CONSUMER-ORIENTED POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE EXAMINED IN A SECTION RELATED TO ORGANIZATIONAL IMPACT. AN APPENDIX PRESENTS A PAPER ENTITLED 'ETHICAL STANDARDS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT,' PREPARED BY THE LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSOCIATION ON PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS, EDUCATION, AND ETHICAL PRACTICE. AN INDEX IS PROVIDED.
Index Term(s): Job pressure; Police community relations; Police discretion; Police organizational structure; Police responsibilities
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