1st Edition

Police Behavior, Hiring, and Crime Fighting An International View

    354 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    354 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited collection by internationally recognized authors provides essays on police behavior in the categories of police administration, police operations, and combating specific crimes. Individual chapters strike at critical issues for police today, such as maintaining the well-being of officers, handling stress, hiring practices, child sexual exploitation, gunrunning, crime prevention strategies, police legitimacy, and much more.  

    Understanding how police are hired and behave is a way of understanding different governments around the world. The book will cover the practices of countries as diverse as China, Germany, India, Japan, Turkey, South Africa, the United States, and others. Readers will be exposed to aspects of police that are rarely, if ever, explored. 

    The book is intended for a wide range of audiences, including law enforcement and community leaders and students of criminal justice. 

    Part I. Police Behavior

    1. Cultivating Well-Being Among Police Officers: Examining Challenges in the Workplace
    2. Philip Birch, Margaret H. Vickers, Sally Galovic, and Michael Kennedy

    3. An Interdisciplinary Perspective on the Tragedy of Police-Citizen Encounters: From Social Dilemma via Fairness to Coordination
    4. Katharina Friedericke Strater and Rene Hornung

    5. The Doctrine of Minimum Force in Policing: Origins, Uncertainties, and Implications
    6. Richard Evans and Clare Farmer

    7. Perceptions of Police Officers of the Floating Population: A Pilot Study of Community Justice Initiatives in China
    8. Jurg Gerber and Di Jia

    9. Municipal Police Department's Use of Facebook: Exploring the Potential for Differences Across Size Classifications
    10. Bradley D. Edwards, Dustin L. Osborne, Rychelle Moses, Logan S. Ledford, and Gabriela Smith

    11. Consent Decrees on Police Organizations: Policies and Practices
    12. Allan Y. Jiao

    13. Police Discretion: An Issue of Untestable Reasonability in A Law Enforcement Process
    14. Jean Claude Geofrey Mahoro 

    15. The Role of Legitimacy in Police Reform and Effectiveness: A Case Study on the Bangladesh National Police
    16. Heath Grant, Shanna O'Reilly, and Staci Strobl 

    17. Police Behavior and Public Understanding: Insights and Innovations
    18. John A. Eterno

      Part II. Hiring and Training

    19. Hired with Competence: An Examination of Police Hiring Standards in Canada
    20. Scott E. Blandford

    21. An Examination of Police Corruption Utilizing the Theory of Planned Behavior
    22. Ben Stickle

    23. Relationship of Police Stress With Coping, Moral Reasoning, and Burnout
    24. Priya Xavier

    25. An Evaluation of Safety and Security: A South African Perspective

    26. Doraval Govender

    27. The Effects of Medical and Recreational Marijuana Policies on Hiring in US Municipal Police Departments: A Case Study of Mesa Police Department, Mesa, AZ
    28. Diana Scharff Peterson and Carlos Avalos

      Part III. Crime Control

    29. Policing Cybercrime: Is There a Role for the Private Sector?
    30. Rick Sarre

    31. Gunrunning 101: A How-To Guide About What to Look For
    32. Gregg W. Etter and Jeffrey M. Johnson

    33. United We Stand: Collaborations to Combat Human Trafficking in Central Florida
    34. Ketty Fernandez, Madelyn Diaz, Jolene Vincent, Lin Huff-Corzine, Jay Corzine, and Tomas J. Lares

    35. Are Attacks Against Abortion Providers Acts of Domestic Terrorism? A Three-Box Operational Sub-theory of Merton’s Anomie
    36. Gregg W. Etter and Hanna Collison (nee Socha)

    37. Freedom Versus Safety on the Roadway in Mesa, AZ: Analysis of Distracted Driving Incidents
    38. Diana Scharff Peterson

    39. An Overview of Wildlife Enforcement Cooperation in Canada and North America
    40. Samantha de Vries

    41. A National Perspective on Retail Theft
    42. Melody Hicks and Ben Sickle

    43. Sustained Footwear Characteristics Across Athletic Footwear Over Several Years: A Case Study of Impression Wear Patterns for Investigative Value

    Lee M. Wade


    John A. Eterno is a professor, associate dean, and director of graduate studies in criminal justice at Molloy College and a retired captain from the New York Police Department. Molloy College has recognized his accomplishments with awards in various areas, including research/publication, teaching, and service. He has penned numerous books, book chapters, articles, and editorials on topics in policing. Examples of his publications: an op-ed in the New York Times titled "Policing by the Numbers"; peer-reviewed articles in outlets such as Justice Quarterly, Public Administration Review, and Police Practice and Research; and books including The Crime Numbers Game: Management by Manipulation (with Eli B. Silverman), The New York City Police Department: The Impact of Its Policies and Practices, and The Detective’s Handbook (with Cliff Roberson).  

    Ben Stickle is an associate professor of criminal justice administration at Middle Tennessee State University. He holds a BA in sociology from Cedarville University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in justice administration from the University of Louisville. His research interests include policing, property crime, and emerging crime types (package theft and metal theft), focusing on opportunity theory and qualitative methods. Stickle has published in peer-reviewed journals such as the American Journal of Criminal Justice, Police Practice and Research, and Policing: An International Journal. He is the author of Metal Scrappers and Thieves: Scavenging for Survival and Profit.  

    Diana Scharff Peterson has 20 years of experience in higher education teaching and leadership in the areas of research methods; comparative criminal justice systems; race, gender, class, and crime; statistics; criminology; sociology, and public policy analysis. Scharff Peterson is the liaison and representative for the International Police Executive Symposium (consultative status) for quarterly annual meetings at the United Nations in New York City, Geneva, and Vienna, including the Commission on the Status of Women in NYC, New York. Currently, Scharff Peterson is completing two concurrent Master’s degrees at Arizona State University: Social Justice and Human Rights and Public Affairs (Emergency Management).

    Dilip K. Das is the president, International Police Executive Symposium (IPES), www.ipes.info. He has authored, edited, and co-edited more than 40 books and numerous articles. He is the series editor of Advances in Police Theory and Practice and International Police Executive Symposium Co-Publications. He has traveled extensively throughout the world in comparative police research; as a visiting professor at various universities, including organizing annual conferences of the IPES; and as a human rights consultant to the United Nations.