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Urbanization, Policing, and Security

Global Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Gary Cordner, AnnMarie Cordner, Dilip K. Das


475 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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In terms of raw numbers, the amount of world urban dwellers have increased four-fold, skyrocketing from 740 million in 1950 to almost 3.3 billion in 2007. This ongoing urbanization will continue to create major security challenges in most countries. Based on contributions from academics and practitioners from countries as diverse as Nigeria, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, and the US, Urbanization, Policing, and Security: Global Perspectives highlights the crime and disorder problems associated with urbanization and demonstrates police and private security responses to those problems.

The book draws on the practical experiences of police officials and the academic insights of researchers from around the world to detail the consequences of urbanization — crime, terrorism, disorder, drugs, traffic crashes — as well as modern responses to those problems. Covering studies on major cities in more than 18 countries, this text explores topics such as the role of urbanization in security and global concerns including transnational crime, racial profiling, and information sharing. The book also examines responses to urban problems associated with police and security, including human rights activism and police reform.

The problems confronting policing in these times are quite daunting, providing plenty of challenges for police leaders and requiring them to devise increasingly sophisticated solutions. With more than 100 photos and illustrations, the book tackles issues from a different angle. It examines the resources required to solve problems and those necessary to build a knowledge base of policing and the professionalism for police forces.


… an intensely academic book, and one that will be read by criminologists interested in policing and crime in other countries. It would be a useful book for any security professional who works internationally or in any of the countries featured.

—Ross L. Johnson, CPP., Security Management

Table of Contents

Introduction: Policing and Urbanization, Gary Cordner, A. Cordner, and D.K. Das


Urbanization and Crime in Cameroon, D.K. Chiabi

Urbanization and Security in Kampala City, Uganda, B. Namanya

Urbanization, Policing, and Safety in Serbia, Ž. Kesetovic

Urbanization and Security in Russia, Y. Gilinskiy

Spatial Determinants of Crime in Poland, E.W. Plywaczewski and W. Plywaczewski

Drug Problems in Peshawar, Pakistan, Fasshuddin

Organized Crime in South Africa, C.J. Roelofse

Organized Crime and Safety in Azerbaijan, F. Guliyev and O. Dasshov

Traffic Administration in Hyderabad, India, A. Surender

Urban Mass Evacuation in the United States, M. Doyle


Reforming Policing in Victoria, Australia, C. Nixon

Urbanization and Community Policing in Nigeria, A.O. Aremu

Policing Multiethnic Societies, B. Simonovic and U. Pena

Urbanization, Security, and Human Rights, C.L. Solis and P.L. Gatling

Policing Protests in New York City, A.S. Vitale

Urban Crime and Criminal Investigation in Slovenia, G. Mesko, D. Maver, and I. Klinkon

Police Cooperation in International Drug Investigations in North America, C. Perras

Information Sharing between Police and Intelligence Agencies, K.M. Sweet


Public–Private Partnerships in Los Angeles,M. York

Post 9/11 Port Security in Houston, Texas, G.R. Scheibe and E.H. McConnell

Private Security in Bosnia and Herzegovina, D. Vejnovic, V. Lalic, and M. Šikman

Private Security in South Africa, P.J. Potgieter

Body Guarding in South Africa, J. Ras

Urbanization and Security: Moving Forward, Key Themes, and Challenges, J. Davidson and E. Martellozzo


About the Editors

Gary Cordner is professor emeritus at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

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:
COMPUTERS / Security / General
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology