1st Edition

Urbanization, Policing, and Security Global Perspectives

Edited By Gary Cordner, AnnMarie Cordner, Dilip K. Das Copyright 2009
    475 Pages
    by Routledge

    476 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Examines responses to urban 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 tools to devise sophisticated solutions

    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.

    Introduction: Policing and Urbanization. URBAN SECURITY PROBLEMS. Urbanization and Crime in Cameroon. .Urbanization and Security in Kampala City, Uganda. Urbanization, Policing, and Safety in Serbia. Urbanization and Security in Russia. Spatial Determinants of Crime in Poland. Drug Problems in Peshawar, Pakistan. Organized Crime in South Africa. Organized Crime and Safety in Azerbaijan. Traffic Administration in Hyderabad, India. Urban Mass Evacuation in the United States. POLICE RESPONSES. Reforming Policing in Victoria, Australia. Urbanization and Community Policing in Nigeria. Policing Multiethnic Societies. Urbanization, Security, and Human Rights. Policing Protests in New York City. Urban Crime and Criminal Investigation in Slovenia. Police Cooperation in International Drug Investigations in North America. Information Sharing between Police and Intelligence Agencies. PRIVATE SECURITY RESPONSES. Public–Private Partnerships in Los Angeles. Post 9/11 Port Security in Houston, Texas. Private Security in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Private Security in South Africa. Body Guarding in South Africa. Urbanization and Security: Moving Forward, Key Themes, and Challenges. Index.


    Gary Cordner is professor emeritus at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

    … 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