• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

This is the first course guide that has been developed for students of policing. It identifies the core themes and additional source material, providing an essential overview for students and a reference point for use throughout their studies. The Policing Course Companion is designed to complement and work alongside existing literature. It provides: " Easy access to the key themes in policing " Helpful summaries of the approach taken by the main course textbooks " Guidance on the essential study skills required to pass the course " Help with developing critical thinking " Taking it Further sections that suggest how readers can extent their thinking beyond the "received wisdom" " Pointers to success in course exams and written assessment exercises The Sage Course Companion in Policing is much more than a revision guide for undergraduates; it is an essential tool that will help readers take their course understanding to new levels and help them achieve success in their undergraduate course.

Public Engagement and the Police
Public engagement and the police
Running Themes

The need for succinct section headings should not confuse the reader. This section needs to be read within the context of public engagement with the police and police engagement with the public. Police organisations, police officers and staff may well have very different views on the purpose of and appropriate mechanisms for engagement from victims, suspects, third parties and other agencies. The wider community will demonstrate a kaleidoscope of perspectives influenced by any or all of socio-economic context, ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. As views are articulated into political positions, statistics may be invoked to support calls for greater accountability and stronger governance.

Key Issue

British policing has traditionally been founded on policing by consent. But how ...

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