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    Administration, Management & Supervision

    Barlow, David E. and Barlow, Melissa Hickman (2000). POLICE IN A MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY: AN AMERICAN STORY. Prospect Heights, Ill.: Waveland Press, ISBN: 157766129X
         Unique in its presentation of traditional police-related topics from a multicultural perspective, this illuminating work gives voice to the historically marginalized in order to shed a penetrating light on the real world of policing. Police-society relations are discussed from the perspective of minority police officers as well as members of the communities served, providing a dimension often overlooked in police studies. In tapping traditionally neglected resources and viewpoints, the authors hope to achieve long-needed insights into police theory, research, and practice. The authors draw on their personal and professional experiences to give readers a greater appreciation for how lived experiences shape perceptions of the police and their assigned role in society. Their narrative style brings to life the world views of African Americans, Native Americans, women, and gays and lesbians in modern American society. (From the publisher)

    Blum, Lawrence N. (2000). FORCE UNDER PRESSURE: WHY COPS LIVE AND WHY THEY DIE. New York: Lantern Books, ISBN: 1930051123
         Lawrence Blum describes the sources of danger, injuries, and victory to police officers in a down-to-earth, readable style. Blum’s man point is that there are missing “ingredients” in the training and socialization of police officers. In his book, these ingredients include techniques and tools to condition the officer’s decision-making and concentration during conditions of emergency; internal controls necessary to maintain the will to survive; and aids that will prevent officers being defeated by any threat. Blum offers tools to help police officers cope with unanticipated or rapidly changing encounters. (Editors of amazon.com)

    Brown, Jennifer M. and Heidensohn, Frances (2000). GENDER AND POLICING: COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES. New York: St. Martin’s Press, ISBN: 0312233086
         This is the first book to offer a comprehensive and wide-ranging survey of women’s role in policing, drawing both on the authors’ original comparative research and on the questions, theories and findings raised by the existing literature. Within a global and historically sensitive framework, the book explores such themes as the gender dimension of policing, the representation of policewomen, the extent to which different national traditions diverge or converge, the strategies adopted by policewomen and their colleagues or organizations in order to address the particular problems and challenges that their roles raise. (From the publisher)

    Crawshaw, Ralph and Holmström, Leif (2001). ESSENTIAL TEXTS ON HUMAN RIGHTS FOR THE POLICE: A COMPILATION OF INTERNATIONAL INSTRUMENTS. Boston, Mass.: Kluwer Law International, ISBN: 9041115579
         Human rights law protects the rights and freedoms of individuals and groups within societies. Police officials are uniquely placed to ensure respect for, and secure protection of, those rights and freedoms. Those who exercise power on behalf of the people they serve need to be aware of the human rights standards they are required to meet, and the best practice in their fields of activity. Essential Texts on Human Rights for the Police is divided into three parts, each one with an introduction outlining the scope and contents of the instruments. Part I includes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and universal treaties, Part II regional treaties, and Part III non-treaty instruments. In all, 24 international instruments are reproduced. (From the publisher)

    Henry, Vincent E. (2002). THE COMPSTAT PARADIGM: MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY IN POLICING, BUSINESS AND THE PUBLIC SECTOR. Flushing, N.Y.: Looseleaf Law Publications, ISBN: 1889031151
         Everyone in criminal justice, policing and business has heard the buzz about Compstat and its stunning success in New York City. Now, one of the men who was there at the beginning has written the definitive book on the innovative system. “The Compstat Paradigm” chronicles and explores in depth Compstat’s overall management dynamic, while dispelling the many misconceptions about it. Henry’s book is a must for police administration and management classes, and any department, large or small, that needs the best crime reduction method there is. (From the publisher)

    Hoover, Larry T., et al. (2001). ENDURING, SURVIVING, AND THRIVING AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT EXECUTIVE. Springfield, Ill.: C.C. Thomas Publisher, ISBN: 0398071160
         The purpose of this book is to provide a guide to future and present police chiefs, sheriffs and other law enforcement executives on how to survive and ultimately thrive in a job that is becoming increasingly difficult to handle. The book examines law enforcement survival from three perspectives: demands upon the individual, demands from within the police department, and external/environmental pressures. It will also assist police executives in sorting through important leadership and management issues, such as dealing with the media, behaving as a professional, becoming more involved in the community, placing effective new policing procedures within the department while eliminating former procedures, and dealing with roles, leadership, missions, management, planning and budgeting, associations, and quality policing. (From the publisher).

    Kraska, Peter B. (2001). MILITARIZING THE AMERICAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: CHANGING ROLES OF THE ARMED FORCES AND THE POLICE. Boston, Mass: Northeastern University Press, ISBN: 1555534759
         Controlling threats to national security has long been the mission of the U.S. military, while civilian law enforcement has dealt with domestic problems of crime, illegal drugs, and internal disorder. This groundbreaking collection argues persuasively that the conventional distinctions between these two forces are becoming blurred and considers the far-reaching consequences of the disquieting trend to militarize the nation’s criminal justice system. The contributors examine the historical and current interrelationships between the military and police, illuminating such areas as the ideological similarities between waging “real wars” and fighting the wars on drugs and crime, the reshaping of the military’s role after the end of the Cold War, the rapidly growing influence of advanced military technology in civilian society, and the adaptation of military models such as boot camps and SWAT teams in policing and corrections. (From the publisher)

    McDonald, Phyllis P. and Greenberg, Sheldon. (2002). MANAGING POLICE OPERATIONS: IMPLEMENTING THE NEW YORK CRIME CONTROL MODEL, COMPSTAT. Belmont, Calif.: Wadsworth Pub., ISBN: 0534539912
         This text is a descriptive presentation of how the largest and most influential police department in the nation, the NYPD, has significantly reduced crime over the last 10 years. CompStat (computer comparison statistics systems) is a critical tool in implementing the community policing model. The foreword is written by former New York City police commissioner William J. Bratton.

    Shusta, Robert M. (2002). MULTICULTURAL LAW ENFORCEMENT: STRATEGIES FOR PEACEKEEPING IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY, 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, ISBN: 013033409X
         From a diverse team of writers whose expertise spans law enforcement and cross-cultural relations, comes a book with comprehensive coverage of sensitive topics and issues related to diversity and multiculturalism facing police today and in the 21st century. It contains insightful as well as practical information and guidelines on how law enforcement professionals can work effectively with diverse cultural groups, both inside their organizations as well as in the community. Focusing on the cross-cultural and racial contact that police officers and civilian employees have with citizens, victims, suspects, and co-workers from diverse backgrounds, this book contains information on racial profiling, hate crimes, community-based policing, undocumented immigrants and immigrant women, urban dynamics, and gays and lesbians in law enforcement. (From the publisher).

    Vila, Bryan (2000). TIRED COPS: THE IMPORTANCE OF MANAGING POLICE FATIGUE. Washington, D.C.: The Police Executive Research Forum, ISBN: 1878734679
         Fatigue is a problem. Fatigue impairs cognitive skills and motor coordination, leads to accidents, increases health costs, lowers productivity and, if one considers the discretionary powers of the police, may lead to a treatment of citizens that undermines public safety and justice, and may lead to costly civil liability suits. It will be difficult, after this small book has reached its audience, to ignore fatigue as problem for policing. The argument is convincing, coherent, empirically supported, informed by a profound understanding of police culture and work, and policy-relevant. This is an important book, and managers will ignore it at their peril. (Law Enforcement News)


    Community- & Problem-Oriented Policing

    Beach, Raymond W. and O’Leary, James S. (2001). DEFENSIBLE POLICIES: DEVELOPING, WRITING, AND IMPLEMENTING VALID POLICIES FOR PROBLEM ORIENTED POLICING. Springfield, Ill.: Charles C Thomas, ISBN: 0398071381
         The authors describe the possible legal bases for new policies, and walk agency administrators through identification of areas where policies are needed; planning for the development of new policies; the key individuals, concepts and activities needed during policy development; writing and reviewing of draft policies; training to and enforcement of new policies; ongoing policy evaluation; and steps to take if an action based on policy comes under litigation. A dramatic case study and discussions of expert witnesses and court testimony are included as appendices. (from the publisher)

    Brito, Coring Sole and Gratto, Eugenia (eds). (2000). PROBLEM-ORIENTED POLICING: CRIME-SPECIFIC PROBLEMS, CRITICAL ISSUES AND MAKING POP WORK (Vol. III). Washington, D.C.: Police Executive Research Forum, ISBN: 1878734725
         This collection of 11 papers was presented at the 10th International Problem-Oriented Policing (POP) Conference held in San Diego, CA in 1999. Papers in Section I explore crime problems plaguing communities: crime in public housing and schools; crime associated with alcohol establishments and special events; stalking; and hate crimes. Section II describes effective policing practices that have enhanced community safety in cities in the U.S. The use of POP to reduce crime in the U.S. and Canada is described. The final chapter reviews submissions for the Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem Oriented Policing. (Criminal Justice Abstracts)

    Sheriff

    Morash, Merry and Ford, Kevin J. (2002). THE MOVE TO COMMUNITY POLICING. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, ISBN: 0761924728
         Community policing continues to be of great interest to policy makers, scholars and, of course, local police agencies. Successfully achieving the transformation from a traditional policing model to community policing can be difficult. This book aims to illuminate the path to make that change as easy as possible. Morash and Ford have produced a contributed anthology with original articles from a variety of well-known researchers, police trainers and leaders. They focus on: recent research for developing data systems to shape police reform; changing the police culture to implement community policing; creating partnership strategies within police organizations and between police and community groups for successful community policing; anticipating future challenges (From the publisher)

    Rahtz, Howard (2001). COMMUNITY POLICING: A HANDBOOK FOR BEAT COPS AND SUPERVISORS. Monsey, N.Y.: Criminal Justice Press, ISBN: 1881798291
         This practical and clearly written manual explains the advantages and “how to” of effective community policing. Lt. Rahtz describes many examples of successful community policing, drawn from his own distinguished career as a Cincinnati police officer and manager, and from the research literature. In community policing, patrol officers enlist community members as partners in solving local problems that breed crime and disorder. This does not mean that community policing is the same as “social work,” “public relations” or being “soft on crime.” To the contrary, working cooperatively with the community can help patrol officers become more effective in preventing and solving crimes. And community policing is usually more satisfying and less frustrating for the cop on the beat than the “treadmill” of chasing radio calls. (From the publisher)

    Robin, Gerald D. (2000). COMMUNITY POLICING: ORIGINS, ELEMENTS, IMPLEMENTATION, ASSESSMENT. Queenston, Ontario: The Edwin Mellen Press, ISBN: 0773476431 (Criminology Studies, vol. 12)
         This monograph on community-oriented policing (COP) synthesizes the voluminous literature on the topic. The conceptual roots of COP are traced to Herman Goldstein’s “problem-oriented policing” and James Q. Wilson’s “broken windows” theory against a backdrop of the old-fashioned “cop-on-the-beat” approach to policing. COP is then compared to more traditional modes of operation in relation to primary goals, police officer roles, citizen roles, department organization, use of discretion, and deployment of officers. Among the potential limits of COP are the large amounts of time officers spend on community outreach, their lack of partnerships with other community agencies, the misfit between the criteria used to promote officers and the set of skills required in COP, the generalist officer roles requiring them to be all things to all people, and the myth in some departments of “bottoms-up management.” (Criminal Justice Abstracts)

    Stevens, Dennis J. (2002). POLICING AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0130280496
         This timely book is a virtual “how to” manual to help guide the promotion of public safety and the quality of life in American neighborhoods by law enforcement agencies. It reflects a fundamental shift from traditional, reactive policing to priorities of prevention through community partnerships. Attempts to bring agencies closer to developing a “best” model that can at the same time be a successful classroom tool. Offers a comprehensive literature search—includes explanations and links to a practical and theoretical community policing rationale. Presents varied models of community policing and training programs, unlike other books which focus exclusively on large departments with many resources such as Chicago, Los Angeles, New York. Provides information on how to write grant proposals for securing federal and local funds to build community policing programs. (From the publisher)

    Websdale, Neil (2001). POLICING THE POOR: FROM SLAVE PLANTATION TO PUBLIC HOUSING. Boston: Northeastern University Press, ISBN: 1555534961
         While many applaud the apparent successes of community and saturation policing, Neil Websdale contends instead that such law enforcement initiatives oppress rather than protect the poor, particularly African Americans in large urban centers. Based on a groundbreaking ethnographic study of public housing projects in Nashville, Tenn., he argues persuasively that community policing is a critical component of a criminal justice juggernaut designed to manage or regulate stigmatized populations. In a work that is sure to stir controversy and heated debate, Websdale draws on extensive field research, documentary sources and interviews to illuminate how a criminal justice system deeply rooted in racism and slavery destroys the black family, creates a form of selective breeding, and undermines the civil rights gains of the 1960s. Unlike previous studies of community policing, which analyze programs through the lens of law enforcement, this book focuses on the history, experiences and perspectives of the people whose lives are most affected by today’s policing strategies. (From the publisher)