• 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 Study of Policing: A Brief Introduction
The study of policing: A brief introduction

Why police? Is it primarily to control crime or preserve the peace? This debate has accompanied policing since the foundation of the first public police forces in Britain in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. There is an eternal tension between these two core activities and they are sometimes mutually antagonistic and even exclusive. Theorists sometimes place one in the ascendancy, sometimes the other. Who benefits from policing and what are the benefits?

Who polices whom? It has been argued that the origins of policing lay in the desire of the property-owning socio-economic elite to keep under control those whose labour was required to produce the wealth controlled by so few. An ...

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