- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press; Revised ed. edition (August 23, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0691143862
- ISBN-13: 978-0691143866
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 57 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore's Eastern District Revised ed. Edition
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Remarkable. . . . Moskos manages to capture a world that most people know only through the distorting prism of television and film, where police officers are usually portrayed as quixotically heroic or contemptibly corrupt.---Daniel Horan, Wall Street Journal
Moskos's overview of policing problems covers everything from arrest quotas, corrupt cops and excess paperwork to the reliance on patrolling in cars. . . . Moskos blends narrative and analysis, adding an authoritative tone to this adrenaline-accelerating night ride that reveals the stark realities of law enforcement. (Publishers Weekly)
Riveting. . . . [A]n unsparing boys-in-blue procedural that succeeds on its own plentiful--and wonderfully sympathetic--merits. (Atlantic)
Truly excellent. . . . This is one of the two or three best conceptual analyses of 'cops and robbers' I have read. It is mandatory reading for all fans of The Wire and recommended for everyone else.---Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution
Moskos provides readers with an inside look into being a cop, just as Ted Conover (Newjack) gave readers an inside look into being a prison guard. Both books are equally compelling. Moskos, like Conover, became an insider. . . . Moskos writes with clarity, compassion, insight, and knowledge. (Choice)
Cop In The Hood, by Peter Moskos offers readers a riveting insight on experience as a police officer in Baltimore, Maryland's crime infested eastern district. . . . The insight of the author coupled with the actual quotes of real police officers provides the reader with an exceptional view of police behaviors and the day-to-day obstacles that officers face while policing the communities they patrol.---Monica J. Massey, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Today
For anyone interested is what being a police officer in Baltimore City is really like, Peter Moskos' in-depth, academic, and realist account in Cop in the Hood is a must-read. . . . Whether one agrees or not with Moskos' opinion on drug legalization, one will most certainly enjoy this enlightening and authoritative work on policing a rough area of Baltimore City.---Sean O'Donnell, Baltimore Republican Examiner
Anyone interested in the study of disadvantaged neighborhoods should read this book, if only to understand the ways in which police influence the daily life in modern cities.---Andrew V. Papachristos, American Journal of Sociology
About the Author
Peter Moskos is assistant professor of law, police science, and criminal justice administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and at the City University of New York's Doctoral Program in Sociology. He is a former Baltimore City police officer.
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Peter Markos, in completion of his HD in Sociology, went threw the Baltimore City Police Academy thenservdd as a uniformed olice officer in Baltimore's Eastern District. Everyone knew he was doing research but far more were cooerative than not.
We learn about the process of olice academy, the day to day job of policing, dealing with the drug problems, and the issues regarding the political drivel, administrative difficulties and the basic hassles of being a cop who risks his life starting at $42,000 a year.
It is always to someone's political advantage to blame the police and Baltimore City has always been a challenging city to protect. Because of budgets, policy, volume, understaffing, the police can't prevent crime, all they can do is respond to calls.
He makes a very strong case for stopping prohibition of drugs and dealing with it in medical terms (he points out that we already have a working precedent with alcohol prohibition). 25% of police work is the War on Drugs which for 103 years now has failed miserably.
He makes a strong case for cops on foot or bikes rather than chained to the radios in their cars.
We learn a great deal and understand a great deal. This is an important book, poor title aside.
in treating drug abuse which he considers a non- violent offense. While there are stories of crime fighting on the streets of Baltimore this book is more an examination of the drug problem with its inherent violence in the City of Baltimore, how it is handled by law enforcement and how the approach should be changed for the better. If you are interested in the problems of the Criminal Justice System and the Police role in it, with a focus on the City of Baltimore you will find this book interesting and informative. Recommended.
This book is definitely not a book where you learn the ins and outs of Baltimore. It safely skims over everyday action that can frighten a conservative. It does not include the everyday survival that all inhabitants of Baltimore are required to endure.
This book points out a magnificent use of police that can potentially be used to bring the value back to city life.
Only three stars because you can not gain access into the hood without real humble people allowing you to use their life as a science project. In "On the Run" the lady tells you why Philly allowed her to right the book. This author writes this book as if Baltimore inhabitants lacks people willing to talk. Baltimore is a social city. The people who help have names. Not the criminals the old ladies...........not very believable without them.