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1st Edition

World Police Encyclopedia
2-volume set

ISBN 9780415942508
Published December 9, 2005 by Routledge
1120 Pages

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Book Description

The increasingly international nature of crime underscores the need for countries to work together to control crime and terrorism. For there to be effective and efficient cooperation on the international level, it is necessary for countries to understand the structure of other police systems. The World Police Encyclopedia fulfills this need by providing a systematic survey of the police systems of all the member nations in the United Nations and Taiwan.

Written in a clear and accessible style, the World Police Encyclopedia is an essential resource that scholars, students, and those involved in working to control international and domestic crime will turn to for fact-checking and as a solid starting point for wider research and exploration.

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Dilip Das, who began his career as a police office in India, is professor in the department of socilogy and criminal justice at SUNY Plattsburgh and editor of the journal Police Practice and Research. Among other positions of leadership in the field of policing, he serves as an expert of the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva and has taught police human rights courses all over the world. He has published widely on the topic of policing, including Challenges of Policing Democracies: A World Perspective and Meeting the Challenges of Global Terrorism: Prevention, Control, and Recovery.

Michael J. Palmiotto is professor of criminal justice at Wichita State University and has written and edited several books, including Police Misconduct: A Reader for the 21st Century, and Policing: Concepts, Strategies, and Current Issues in American Police Forces.


"A wealth of analytical and descriptive information... A valuable addition to reference publishing... Recommended for larger public libraries and academic libraries." --Booklist

"This Encyclopedia offers a global comparison of the world’s national police systems. Each entry follows a common organizing principle, first presenting background historical and statistical information, followed by discussion of contextual features such as the political structure of the government of the country and information on crime, the criminal justice system, and penal codes and prisons. The primary section of each entry covers the history and development of the police system, demographic profiles of the police force, organizational structures, police powers and functions, training requirements, public outreach programs by the police (if they exist), laws and regulations related to police firearm use and ownership, police accountability regarding citizen complaints and human rights, police response to terrorism, and international cooperation. When applicable a section on police education, research, and publications is included, providing an overview of higher education for police, leading researchers, funding for police research, police research publications, and police-related websites. Each entry also includes with a bibliography of cited sources and suggestions for further reading." --Reference & Research Book News

'The World Police Encyclopedia is a systematic survey of world police systems and is recommended for instutions offering courses on criminology , criminal justice, law enforcement or police studies. It forms an excellent starting point for wider research and exporation.' - Reference Reviews