• 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.

The Organisational Culture of the Police
The organisational culture of the police

An organisational culture is defined as the deeper level of assumptions and beliefs that are shared by members of an organisation, that operates and projects unconsciously an organisation's view of itself and environment. All organisations have cultures, but the police are a unique organisation because officers are empowered to enforce the law. The importance of these powers is that although the police can invoke the law, they have discretion not to do so if an alternative resolution is appropriate. Hence law in action is characterised by the exercising of discretion. Discretionary choices are influenced and informed by a culture of practice that has developed within the police culture and is arguably difficult to control. ...

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