The expansion of degrees and postgraduate qualifications on policing has come hand in hand with the need for a more scholarly and research-based approach to the subject. Students are increasingly encouraged to apply research to practice and this book is specifically designed to bring clarity to the concept of empirical research in policing.
As an introduction to the theoretical explanations and assumptions that underpin the rationale of research design in policing, this book clearly illustrates the practical and ethical issues facing empirical research in a policing context, as well as the limitations of such research. Introduction to Policing Research brings together a range of leading scholars who have a wide range of experience conducting police research. Topics covered include:
This book is perfect for undergraduate and graduate students on policing degrees, as well as graduate students and researchers engaged with criminal justice. It is also essential reading for police officers taking professional and academic qualifications.
‘The highly-regarded researchers contributing to this book provide personal, critical insights into the hazards and rewards of researching the police. Their case studies are a rich source of practical, technical and ethical advice when solving problems such as gaining access, choosing appropriate methods, handling sensitive subject matter and negotiating publication of results. Especially effective is the discussion of the value and pitfalls of evidence -based practice and the professionalization of policing and police. This collection is an invaluable resource for those who commission, undertake or apply the results of research endeavours.’
Jennifer Brown, Co-Director of the Mannheim Centre for Criminology and Criminal justice, Visiting Professor, London School of Economics, UK
‘At a time when the relationship between research evidence and the practice of policing is in the spotlight, this book is a very valuable and insightful contribution. With chapters written by leading policing scholars who know from direct experience the challenges and rewards of undertaking policing research, this book manages to offer a breadth of coverage and a depth of analysis which all those working in this field will draw huge benefit from.’
Professor Nicholas R Fyfe, Director of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research & Associate Dean, School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee, UK
Foreword, Robert Reiner 1. Introduction to Policing Research, Mark Brunger, Denise Martin & Steve Tong Policing Research in Context 2. Beyond contrasting traditions in policing research?, Peter Squires 3. ‘Policing at a Turning Point: Implications for Research’, Maurice Punch, Auke van Dijk and Frank Hoogewoning 4. Conceptualising Private Policing, Alison Wakefield 5. Policing and Mental Health, Kristina Massey 6. Policing in Northern Ireland: Research, Meaning and Lessons From a Contested Landscape, John Topping 7. Researching Professional Development, Dominic Wood and Robin Bryant 8. Watching the Detectives: Researching Investigative Practice, Katja Hallenberg, Martin O’Neill & Steve Tong Inside Policing 9. Researching Sexual Violence, Emma Williams & Betsy Stanko 10. From the Briefing Room to the Classroom: The Pedagogical Value of Researching Police Elites, Mark Brunger, Bryn Caless, Steve Tong, & Paul Gilbert 11. Policing Protest: Public Order Policing, Denise Martin and William Graham 12. Outsiders Inside: Ethnography and Police Culture, Louise Westmarland 13. Researching Police Diversity, Michael Rowe 14. The Ethics of Researching the Police: Dilemmas and New Directions, Layla Skinns, Andrew Wooff and Amy Sprawson 15. Researching Sexuality and Policing: Reflections from the Field, Matthew Jones 16. Conclusion: Challenges and Changes in Police Research, Denise Martin & Steve Tong.