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Beyond Community Policing

From Early American Beginnings to the 21st Century, 1st Edition

By James J. Chriss


256 pages

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Beyond Community Policing uses history and general sociological theory to examine the trajectory of municipal policing from Britain in the 1830s to its adoption and evolution in the America. By analysing the uncertain and uneven historical development of policing, this book illustrates in great detail the functional connections between cities (or communities) and police departments. Chriss also considers the development of municipal policing in the American West between 1850 and 1890, which helps to situate the current discussion of policing in the post 9/11 United States.


“[This text is] very authoritative, and covers the nuances of policing in America. The author, who is a sociology and criminology professor, has extensive knowledge which he brought to bear in discussing the various issues hovering around American policing. In view of this, [this text] is strongly recommended to anyone who wants to acquire detailed knowledge on both the historical and contemporary developments of American policing.”

-Criminal Justice Review

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures Acknowledgments Permissions 1 Explaining the Police 2 Three Eras of Policing 3 Policing in the Wild West 4 Integrity Testing and the Decision to Arrest 5 Post 9-11 Policing: A Functional Analysis 6 Elements of Police Discretion 7 The Concept of Proactivity: From Indirect Conation to Modern Municipal Policing 8 Police as Contact Men and Women 9 Security and Private Policing 10 Police and Society: A Summary of Principles Bibliography Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General