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Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement and Policing

1st Edition

Edited by Andrew Millie, Ph.D., Dilip K. Das

CRC Press

248 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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Rising terrorism and advances in technology, along with new organizational strategies and investigative techniques, have stretched the traditional role of the police officer. Calls for strong, intelligence-driven, paramilitary policing juxtaposed with a demand for “softer” community policing, leave officers under increased pressure to be tough and resolute, yet compassionate, accountable, and adaptable. A measured analysis of these concerns is crucial to enable police officers to move forward in this increasingly conflicted world

Drawn from the most important articles in Police Practice and Research, Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement and Policing focuses on the most common issues affecting today’s officers. Enhanced with an introduction and conclusion to present and weigh the arguments and consider the pragmatic aspects and challenges posed, the articles are written by academics and practicing police officers from four countries to provide a balanced, international point of view.

Assessing the driving forces behind contemporary policing, this book—

· Addresses day-to-day policing and the stress found in both the daily grind and the division and stigmatization of certain branches of the force

· Considers ethics, corruption, and the dangers of misplaced loyalties, highlighting Australian strategies to prevent misconduct

· Provides a typology of terrorism based on scope and justification and discusses appropriate counterterrorism measures, as well as the impact on other policing priorities

· Introduces a temporal component to the traditional spatial emphasis of crime mapping supported by a Madrid case study and its revealing failures

· Discusses restorative policing as a fundamental shift in intervention objectives, from punishment or treatment to an emphasis on repairing harm

An objective look at today’s trends, this book presents the most pertinent and talked-about issues in modern policing and provides perspective and direction for the future.

Table of Contents


Day-to -Day Policing

Searching for Stress in All the Wrong Places: Combating Chronic Organizational Stressors in Policing, J.B. Stinchcomb

Constructing the Other within Police Culture: Analysis of a Deviant Unit within a Police Organization, V. Garcia

Police Ethics and Corruption

Corruption and the Blue Code of Silence, J.H. Skolnick

Survey of Innovations in Development and Maintenance of Ethical Standards by Australian Police Departments, T. Prenzler and C. Ronken

Policing Terror

Terrorism Old and New: Counterterrorism in Canada, S. Leman-Langlois and J.-P. Brodeur

Policing Terrorism: A Threat to Community Policing or Just a Shift in Priorities?, J. Murray

Police Strategy and Investigations

The Hotspot Matrix: A Framework for Spatio-Temporal Targeting of Crime Reduction, J.H. Ratcliffe

Catching a Serial Rapist: Hits and Misses in Criminal Profiling, P. Stangeland

Restorative Policing

Restorative Policing in Canada: Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Community Justice Forums, and Youth Criminal Justice Act, J. Chatterjee and L. Elliott

Police Reform, Restorative Justice, and Restorative Policing, G. Bazemore and C.T. Griffiths

Conclusions, A. Millie and D.K. Das


About the Series

International Police Executive Symposium Co-Publications

The International Police Executive Symposium (IPES) was founded in 1994 to address one major challenge, i.e., the two worlds of research and practice remain disconnected even though cooperation between the two is growing. Research is often published in hard-to-access journals and presented in a manner that is difficult for some to comprehend. On the other hand, police practitioners tend not to mix with researchers and remain secretive about their work. Consequently there is little dialogue between the two, and almost no attempt to learn from one another.

The aims and objectives of the IPES are to provide a forum to foster closer relationships among police researchers and practitioners on a global scale, to facilitate cross-cultural international and interdisciplinary exchanges for the enrichment of this law enforcement, to encourage discussion, and to publish research on challenging and contemporary problems facing the policing profession. The IPES facilitates interaction and the exchange of ideas and opinions on all aspects of policing, and is structured to encourage dialogue in both formal and informal settings.

The International Police Executive Symposium (IPES) holds annual meetings of policing scholars and practitioners who represent many countries. The best papers are selected, thoroughly revised, fully updated, meticulously edited, and published as books based upon the theme of each meeting. This repository of knowledge from renowned criminal justice scholars and police professionals under the co-publication imprint of IPES and Routledge (formerly CRC Press) chronicles the important contributions of the International Police Executive Symposium over the last two decades.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology