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1st Edition

Police Misconduct
A Global Perspective

ISBN 9781498753340
Published December 6, 2016 by Routledge
193 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores the different types of police misconduct including the use of excessive force. It also explores what types of officers become involved in illegal misconduct, steps jurisdictions may take to prevent such problems, and discusses who should police the police. Also included is a historical analysis of police misconduct, discussions on the legal restrictions designed to prevent police misconduct, and steps that the jurisdiction may take to limit their liability. Ancillary material is available with course adoption.

Table of Contents


Introduction to the study of police misconduct.

Historical analysis of police misconduct.

Excessive use of force.

Permissible use of  force.

Other types of misconduct.

Police corruption in multi-nations forces.

Legal restrictions to prevent misconduct.

Psychological reviews of bad cops.

Civil liability for police misconduct.

Reacting with the media in possible misconduct situations.

Citizen review boards and external oversight.

Who polices the police?

Recruiting and training as preventive measures.


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Cliff Roberson, LL.M., Ph.D is an Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas and a retired Professor of Criminology at California State University, Fresno, California. He has authored or co-authored over 60 books and texts on legal subjects.

His previous academic experiences include Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Arkansas Tech University; Dean of Arts and Sciences, University of Houston, Victoria; Director of Programs, National College of District Attorneys; Professor of Criminology and Director of Justice Center, California State University, Fresno; and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, St. Edwards University. 

Dr. Roberson’s non-academic experience includes U.S. Marine Corps service as an infantry officer, trial and defense counsel and military judge as a marine judge advocate; and Director of the Military Law Branch, U.S. Marine Corps.