Fear, Society, and the Police examines elements of fear and how they can be controlled and turned into an effective and proper response in an emergency situation. Readers of this book will be exposed to ways fear can become an uncontrolled emotion, often leading to unnecessary acts of violence, and will examine ways and means of using reasoning to overcome unfounded fear.
The author encourages readers to critically assess circumstances in today’s society that have caused fear, unrest, and division between the enforcers of law and the people they are sworn to protect. Providing examples of how violence in society has had an impact on police-community relations, this book examines the many facets of fear from several perspectives, including historical, personal, and institutional. Security management courses concentrate on the "how and why" of security, yet to become an effective professional security specialist, it is recommended the practitioner become educated in the nuances of fear. This book presents a look into the how and why of fear, and will relate to security personnel as it does to police officers.
The book brings perspectives based on reality and experience. It will be of interest not only to those who work in law enforcement, but also to students in criminal justice, management and leadership, psychology, and sociology courses. As violence in society escalates, professionalism will require more understanding of fear-based emotions.
About the Author
Chapter 1 – Fear, Society, and the Police
Chapter 2 – Introduction to Fear
Chapter 3 – Antecedents of Fear
Chapter 4 – Handling Fear
Chapter 5 – Fearful Societies of the Past
Chapter 6 – Fear in Contemporary Society
Chapter 7 – Living in a World of Fear
Chapter 8 – Terror and Fear of the Unknown
Chapter 9 – Modern Society and the Police
Chapter 10 – Victims and Fear of Violent Crime
Chapter 11 – Fear and the News Media
Chapter 12 –Mean Streets and Shootings
Chapter 13 - Anger and Fear
Chapter 14 - Police Subculture and Personality
Chapter 15 - Racism or Fear?
Chapter 16 – Reality and the Brain
Chapter 17 - PTSD in Law Enforcement and Counter Viewpoints of Policing
Chapter 18 - Final Concluding Thoughts of Social Psychology and Fear