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Good Cops: The Case For Preventive Policing Hardcover – March 14, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1565849235 ISBN-10: 156584923X

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The (March 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156584923X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565849235
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,070,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[P]oints the way toward policing that can be achieved without trampling on the rights of any members of the community. -- Raymond Kelly

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David A. Harris is Balk Professor of Law and Values at the University of Toledo College of Law and a former Soros Senior Justice Fellow at the Open Society Institute of New York. He is the author of Profiles in Injustice (The New Press) and lives in Toledo, Ohio.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. E. Engells on June 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
David Harris, a University of Toledo Professor of Law, has made a significant contribution to the literature on policing in his book Good Cops. Harris' Preventive Policing may well be the bridge between Community Oriented Policing model of the 1990s and the yet jelled Homeland Security Policing model of the post 9/11 era.

The Preventive Policing model's concepts are summarized at page 131 of his book, where he writes:

Strong, active, committed leadership as absolutely critical to the success of preventive policing. The core concepts of preventive policing-partnership with citizens based on trust, becoming proactive problem solvers instead of responders and establishing accountability - all represent fundamental breaks with the long-held beliefs and traditions if law enforcement going back well into the twentieth century.

Harris' book is broad in scope, and he weaves comments upon almost all the current controversies in modern policing from the PATRIOT Act and Consent Decrees to partnerships with federal authorities to enforce immigration law and the racial profiling controversy to name just a few.

The book's nine chapters are subdivided into three sections - The Theory Behind Preventive Policing, Preventive Policing in Action and The Future of Policing. His approach is to blend theory and commentary with vignettes from several cases (from Pittsburgh to Providence, with Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Detroit thrown in for good measure) to buttress his argument that there are successful alternatives to current practice. However, with more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies nation-wide establishing the "norm" or "current practice" is no small task.

A skilled and trained advocate, he uses his talents fully to make his argument.
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Although this book was published several years ago it remains current in its thought, focus and approach for modern and effective policing. Every police officer and police administrator, mayor and governor should read this book. Today, many police forces suffer from a jaded culture of policing and ineffective approaches to law enforcement which no longer meet the needs of the communities served by their police departments. This good book is about a new approach to law enforcement and one that statistics show has proven successful. Effective modern policing is necessary and smart policing is necessary. This book weaves the two concepts together and offers practical strategies to make it work for both the police officer and the neighborhoods they serve.
Well written, focused and practical this is a must have book for anyone remotely connected with law enforcement.
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David A. Harris is Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is also Associate Dean for Research, and teaches Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Evidence, and courses on criminal justice policy and homeland security issues. Harris studies and writes about the criminal justice system and police behavior, particularly racial profiling, search and seizure, police accountability, and the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. He is the leading national authority on racial profiling; his 2002 book, Profiles in Injustice: Why Racial Profiling Cannot Work (New Press), and his many published scholarly articles on profiling, jump started the national debate on the issue. His 2005 book, Good Cops: The Case for Preventive Policing (New Press), showcased police work around the U.S. that relies on prevention to control crime and protect citizens' civil rights. He has testified on racial profiling, immigration enforcement, and other criminal justice issues numerous times in Congress, most recently on April 17, 2012, before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. He lives in Pittsburgh with his family.

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