Critical Issues in Policing: Contemporary Readings by Roger G. Dunham, Geoffrey P. Alpert, Kyle D. McLean
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Critical Issues in Policing
Contemporary Readings
Eighth Edition
The eighth edition of this comprehensive collection includes carefully chosen articles with fresh perspectives on the most current trends in policing. Critical Issues in Policing provides ready access to the brightest minds in the field of policing. The 36 contributions sharpen understanding of the intricacies of police work and encourage readers to change from holding the police responsible for crime rates to holding them accountable for specific goals, tasks, and objectives.

The new edition continues its authoritative, insightful coverage of complex elements of policing and presents vivid and pragmatic illustrations of law enforcement issues. The anthology offers an alternative to traditional policing texts. It covers philosophies of policing that guide discussions about police culture, police misconduct, use of force, operational concerns, and technological innovations.
Reviews
“A great collection. The diversity of the topics allows the instructor to use a single resource to transition in topic selection as the course progresses.” — John Colautti, Fitchburg State University

“Suitable for graduate and undergraduate courses, this text is one of the most comprehensive collections of work on policing available.” — Roger Guy, University of North Carolina, Pembroke

“The compilation of works provides an excellent overview of policing and is one of the best books I’ve seen in the field.” — Mary J. Dodge, University of Colorado

“For an overview course in American policing, this reader covers important topics with an astutely selected set of articles.” — Peter W. Phillips, University of Texas, Tyler
Table of Contents
Section I: INTRODUCTION AND HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
1. The Foundation of the Police Role in Society: Important Information to Know during a Police Legitimacy Crisis (Roger G. Dunham and Geoffrey P. Alpert)
2. The Development of the American Police: An Historical Overview (Craig D. Uchida)
3. You Can Observe a Lot by Watching: Contributions of Systematic Social Observation to Our Understanding of the Police (Robert E. Worden, Sarah J. McLean, and Heidi S. Bonner)

Section II: APPROACHES TO POLICING
4. What Is Evidence-Based Policing? (Cynthia Lum and Chris Koper)
5. Problem-Oriented Policing (John D. Reitzel, Nicole Leeper Piquero, and Alex R. Piquero)
6. Broken Windows (James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling)
7. "Broken Windows" and Fractured History: The Use and Misuse of History in Recent Police Patrol Analysis (Samuel Walker)
8. Community Policing: Elements and Effects (Gary W. Cordner)
9. Procedural Justice in Policing (Justin Nix)

Section III: POLICE CULTURE
10. (Re)Taking Stock: Toward a Richer Understanding of Police Culture (Eugene A. Paoline)
11. Breeding Deviant Conformity: The Ideology and Culture of Police (Victor E. Kappeler, Richard D. Sluder, and Geoffrey P. Alpert)
12. The Asshole (John Van Maanen)
13. Police Officers as Warriors or Guardians: Empirical Reality or Intriguing Rhetoric? (Kyle McLean, Scott E. Wolfe, Jeff Rojek, Geoffrey P. Alpert, and Michael R. Smith)

Section IV: POLICE MISCONDUCT
14. Police Misconduct (Louise E. Porter)
15. Addressing Police Misconduct: The Role of Citizen Complaints (Jeff Rojek, Scott H. Decker, and Allen E. Wagner)
16. Solidarity and the Code of Silence (Geoffrey P. Alpert, Jeffrey J. Noble, and Jeff Rojek)

Section V: USE OF FORCE
17. The Regulation of Police Violence (Seth W. Stoughton)
18. State-Created Danger: Should Police Officers Be Accountable for Reckless Tactical Decision Making? (Jeffrey J. Noble and Geoffrey P. Alpert)
19. The Split-Second Syndrome and Other Determinants of Police Violence (James J. Fyfe)
20. Authority Maintenance Theory of Police-Citizen Interactions (Geoffrey Alpert, Roger Dunham, Justin Nix, Kyle McLean, and Scott Wolfe)
21. De-Escalation in Policing: Preliminary Answers to Key Questions (Natalie Todak and Madison March)
22. Technological Innovation and Police Officers' Understanding and Use of Force (Michael Sierra-Arévalo)
23. Police Militarization 101 (Peter B. Kraska)

Section VI: CONCERNS FOR OPERATIONAL POLICING
24. Reforming Stop and Frisk for 21st Century Policing (James Purdon, Michael D. White, and Henry F. Fradella)
25. Police Response to Persons with Mental Illness (Wesley G. Jennings and Edward J. Hudak)
26. Women in Policing: Breaking Barriers and Blazing a Path (National Institute of Justice Special Report)
27. An Afrocentric Perspective on Policing (Christopher Cooper)
28. Organizational Justice and Policing (Spencer G. Lawson and Scott E. Wolfe)
29. Enforcing Civil Rights: Assessing the DOJ's Pattern or Practice Initiative (Joshua Chanin)

Section VII: TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS IN POLICING
30. Technology in Policing: The Past, Present, and Future (Meghan S. Stroshine)
31. Body-Worn Cameras (Brandon Tregle and Kyle McLean)
32. Geographic Information Systems: Applications for Police (William V. Pelfrey Jr.)
33. Early Intervention Systems (John A. Shjarback)

Section VIII: THE FUTURE OF POLICING
34. What a Good Police Department Looks Like: Professional, Accountable, Transparent, Self-Monitoring (Samuel Walker)
35. Police Pracademics and Other Methods to Increase Internal Research Capacity (Renée J. Mitchell and Carolyn Naoroz)
36. The Challenge of Policing in a Democratic Society: A Personal Journey toward Understanding (Charles H. Ramsey)