• 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 Police and the Media
The police and the media
Running Themes

Consider how the following have been portrayed in the various media. To what end and to whose advantage or disadvantage? What political agendas are at play? How are statistics presented, used (or abused)? Whose perspective is being presented — and what alternative (and contradictory?) perspectives are relevant: the police organisation, police officers and staff, victims, suspects, witnesses and third parties, and other agencies? When the views of the wider community are presented, just how representative are those views? Does the media have an agenda?

Police Use of Media

The relationship between the police and media has always been complex and interdependent. ...

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