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ISBN-13: 978-1452286877 ISBN-10: 1452286876 Edition: Second Edition

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; Second Edition edition (December 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452286876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452286877
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Samuel Walker is Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. After retiring in 2005 he has continued his research, writing and consulting on police accountability, citizen oversight of the police, early intervention systems for police officers, and civil liberties.

Professor Walker is the author of 14 books, which have appeared in 33 different editions. His most recent book is Presidents and Civil Liberties from Wilson to Obama (2012). His other books include The Police in America: An Introduction [with Charles M. Katz] (8th ed., 2013),  Police Accountability: The Role of Citizen Oversight (2001), Taming the System: The Control of Discretion in Criminal Justice, 1950–1990 (1993), Sense and Nonsense About Crime (7th ed., 2011), The Color of Justice: Race, Ethnicity, and Crime in America (with C. Spohn & M. DeLone) (5th ed., 2003), and In Defense of American Liberties: A History of the ACLU (2nd ed., 2000). He is the author of Early Intervention Systems for Law Enforcement Agencies: A Planning and Management Guide (2003), published by the COPS Office of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Professor Walker has served as a consultant to the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and to police departments, local governments and community groups in over 35 cities and counties across the country on different police issues.



Carol A. Archbold is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota. She earned her PhD from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2002. Dr. Archbold’s research interests include women in policing, police accountability and liability, police handling of sexual assault cases, and police and race issues. She has published articles in such journals as Police Quarterly, Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, International Journal of Police Science and Management, Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, Journal of Criminal Justice, and the Journal of Crime and Justice. In 2004, Dr. Archbold published a book based on the first national study of the use of risk management in law enforce­ment in the United States, Police Accountability, Risk Management and Legal Advising (LFB Scholarly Publishing). This study was the focus of her dissertation. Along with Samuel Walker and Leigh Herbst (Culver), she was a contributing author for “Mediating Citizen Complaints Against Police Officers: A Guide for Police and Citizens,” funded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC). In 2011, she was one of three authors of a reader, Women and Policing in America: Classic and Contemporary Readings (Aspen Publishing), with Dorothy Moses Schulz and Kimberly Hassell. Dr. Archbold authored "Policing: A Text/Reader" for SAGE Publications in 2012.  She recently completed a study which examines how an increase in population from an oil boom impacts the police and crime in western North Dakota, and is currently working on a national study of police misconduct.

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If you're looking for a how-to guide on dealing with individual police encounters, NWPA is not for you. Nor is it for you if you're someone trying to fight criminal charges or thinking about suing the police for civil damages. However, if you're a law enforcement manager, a civil rights lawyer, or a community activist involved in police accountability issues – NWPA will quickly get you up to speed on the most effective practices in the universe of police accountability.

As for me, I'm currently developing a new online police complaints service. But like many neophyte police accountability professionals, I arrived with some common, but wrongheaded, assumptions regarding the most effective police accountability policies. For example, like many libertarian-minded police reformers, I've generally been skeptical of heavy-handed federal involvement in state policing issues. However, the authors convincingly illustrate how the Department of Justice’s "pattern or practice" lawsuits against persistently abusive big-city departments have had an overwhelmingly positive impact on American policing.

Moreover, these lawsuits have "defined a short list of basic accountability procedures: state-of-the-art use of force policies, an open and accessible citizen complaint procedure, and an early intervention system." Essentially, the lawsuits have helped established a comprehensive set of best practices that when put into place significantly improve bonds of trust between the police and the public.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg on March 31, 2015
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well written on modern times of law enforcement
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 26, 2015
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I thought it would show a brak-down of how to work out the problems.
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Samuel Walker is Isaacson Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, where he has taught for over 30 years. He is the author of 13 books on policing, criminal justice history and policy, and civil liberties. Current research involves police accountability, focusing primarily on citizen oversight of the police and police Early Warning (EW) systems. Professor Walker currently serves on the Panel on Policing of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences.

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