Policing is the act of providing security within a territory through enforcement of its laws or rules. In public policing, law enforcement agencies provide security not only through enforcing laws but also by responding to threats to public safety. Policing and criminal psychology overlap in that the focus of efforts within both fields is often the same people: individuals who come into conflict with the law for a variety of personal, interpersonal, mental health, and other reasons. After providing an overview of policing, this entry discusses various aspects of policing, including police duties, powers, and strategies.

Policing Overview

The term police broadly refers to public and private actors whose primary responsibility is the provision of security. It used to be said that what makes public policing ...

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