Policing: Continuity and Change by Geoffrey P. Alpert, Roger G. Dunham, Meghan S. Stroshine
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Continuity and Change
Second Edition
The second edition of Policing: Continuity and Change effectively combines theory, research, policy, and practical experience. Strategies for policing in the United States have evolved rapidly in the last four decades. This concise introduction provides the necessary background to understand the challenges of policing, the innovations in the field, and the reforms shaping the profession. Discussions of recruitment, socialization, and organization delineate who the police are, what they do, and how the police culture affects officers. The authors highlight the proactive skills necessary for solving problems and for productive interactions with community members. They emphasize the need for policies and training regarding use of force. This vital, up-to-date overview explores the implications for policing as departments employ new technologies and respond to demands for accountability.
Table of Contents

1. Police and the Criminal Justice System
Who Are the Police? / Social Control / The Myth of Crime Fighting / If Not Crime Fighting, What? / The Police in Context

2. History of the Police
British Heritage / The First Modern Police: London / Experience in Early America / Policing in the Twentieth Century / Community-Based and Problem-Oriented Policing / Militarizing the Police / The Four Eras of Policing

3. Police Recruitment, Selection, and Training
Legal Issues Surrounding Recruitment and Selection / Recruiting Police Officers / Qualifications for Police Officers / The Selection Process / Police Training / Summary

4. Police Socialization and the Police Subculture
Are the Police Different? / Police Socialization / The Police Subculture / The Nature of the Work / The Persons and Problems Police Encounter on the Job / The Police Environment / The Changing Face of Police in the United States / Summary

5. Police Organization and Administration
Police Bureaucracy / Police Operations: The Nuts and Bolts of Policing / Police Organization / Police Bureaucracy in Action / Organizational Change / Summary

6. Police Deviance: Corruption and Control
Defining Police Deviance and Corruption / Types of Corruption / Causes of Corruption / Controlling Police Deviance and Corruption / Summary

7. Patrol, Discretion, and Styles of Policing
Discretion / Functions of the Police / Institutional Behavior / Individual Styles / Sources of Variation in Styles of Policing / Evaluating Police Services: A Consumer’s Perspective / Summary

8. The Hazards of Police Work
Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted in the Line of Duty / Police Stress / Consequences of Stress / Solutions / Summary

9. Critical Issues in Policing
Minorities in Policing / Women in Police Work / The Use of Force / Summary

10. The Future of Policing
Responding to Demographic and Economic Changes / Responding to Greater Demands for Accountability / Technology / Summary