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Policing America (6th Edition) 6th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0131598034
ISBN-10: 0131598031
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From the Back Cover

This sixth edition of Policing America benefits from the author's more than 35 years of combined policing and academic experience; thus its chapters contain a palpable real-world flavor. Its new subtitle- Challenges and Best Practices - reflects its expanded, pervasive emphasis on police problem solving.  This edition's 15 chapters are now divided into five Parts to better organize its content, and each chapter contains a list of key terms, learning objectives, review questions, independent student activities, and related Web sites.  Two new chapters are dedicated to addressing crime problems, more than thirty exhibits show "what works" or is occurring here and abroad, and several Practitioner's Perspectives and Comparative Closeups of policing in other countries are included.

 

New materials for this edition include the National Incident Management System for homeland secuity, "suicide by cop", anomia, contract and consolidated police services, the PoliceTraining Officer concept, new DNA laws and databases, the force continuum, contagious shooting, meth and gang initiatives, youth crimes and violence, assessment centers, new border problems and initiatives, and expanded investigations, rule of law, civil liability, and technology chapters. An Appendix focuses on new child pornography, identity theft, and street racing initiatives.

 

From its introduction through the end, the reader is offered a realistic, comprehensive, and penetrating view of one of the most difficult and challlenging occupations in America.

About the Author

Ken Peak’s career as a practitioner and educator in law enforcement and criminal justice spans more than 35 years — including nearly eight years as a police chief executive and beat officer. He is currently a full professor and former chairman of the Department of Criminal Justice, University of Nevada, Reno, where he was named teacher of the year by the university’s honor society. He entered municipal policing in Kansas in 1970 and subsequently held positions as a nine-county criminal justice planner in Kansas; director of a four-state Technical Assistance Institute for the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration; director of university police at Pittsburg State University in Kansas; acting director of public safety at the University of Nevada, Reno; and assistant professor of criminal justice at Wichita State University.

 

He has authored or coauthored twenty other textbooks, including Justice Administration: Police, Courts, and Corrections Management (5th ed.); Community Policing and Problem Solving: Strategies and Practices (5th ed., with Ronald W. Glensor); Police Supervision and Management: In an Era of Community Policing (2nd ed., with Ronald W. Glensor and Larry K. Gaines); Women in Law Enforcement Careers: A Guide for Preparing and Succeeding  with V. Lord); and Policing Communities: Understanding Crime and Solving Problems (an anthology, with R. Glensor and M. Correia). He has also published two historical books– Kansas Temperance: Much Ado about Booze, 1870 1920 (with P. Peak) and Kansas Bootleggers (with Patrick G. O’Brien)–as well as more than fifty journal articles and book chapters.

 

He has served as chairman of the Police Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and as president of the Western and Pacific Association of Criminal Justice Educators. His teaching interests include policing, administration, victimology, and comparative justice systems. He received two gubernatorial appointments to statewide criminal justice committees while residing in Kansas and holds a doctorate from the University of Kansas.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 6 edition (March 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131598031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131598034
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.9 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book provided a lot more detail and useful information (theory wise) to policing than you would expect. Doesn't provide the real-life examples, which books can't really do. It's best to have a professor who was a former policeman for years.
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It was cheaper (even with shipping) to buy the book here than it was at my school's bookstore. I don't sell textbooks back because you never get nearly what you paid for them, but this one was pretty good regardless. I was able to use it for several other papers in other classes.
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Brought this nifty textbook and didn't use it much since my professor was a retired cop. Came in handy for my own personal knowledge gain. Book was neat and well kept and delievery was right on time.
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When I paid .1 cent for this I was wondering what it would look like. Oh My Gosh this book was practically brand new. I got it super fast, it came a day earlier. I am extremely happy on my new book. Thanks hpb I will def recommend and do business again (super excited) :)
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im glad i have it now. :-) i just started college on my 2nd week glad i have it now rather than using an ebook i want something thats in front of me not on a computer to read :-)
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Actually I was very pleased to save $40.00 on this book for school. And the nice part is I already have it sold to a fellow student when this quarter is over... Thanks Amazon. I actually did not even think of you till a fellow student suggested it.
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