The New Policing provides a comprehensive introduction to the critical issues confronting policing today. It incorporates an overview of traditional approaches to the study of the police with a discussion of current perspectives. The book goes on to examine key themes, including the core purpose of contemporary policework; the reconfiguration of police culture; organizational issues and dilemmas currently confronting the police; the managerial reforms and professional innovations that have been implemented in recent years; and the future of policing, security, and crime control. In offering this discussion of the nature and role of the police, The New Policing illustrates the need to re-examine and re-think the theoretical perspectives that have constituted policing studies. Examining evidence from the UK, the USA, and other western societies, the book promotes and enables an understanding of the cultural and symbolic significance of policing in society.

The Sociological Construction of the Police

The Sociological Construction of the Police

The sociological construction of the police

In his essay ‘Why read the classics?’ Italo Calvino (2001) defines classics as books that ‘are treasured by those who have read and lived them’, ‘exert a peculiar influence’ and have ‘never finished saying what they have to say’. They simply ‘refuse to be eradicated from the mind and conceal themselves in the fold of memory camouflaging themselves as the collective or individual unconscious’. J.M. Coetze (1993, p. 13) notes that ‘the classic defines itself by surviving. Therefore, the re-examination of the classic, no matter how critical, is part of its history ‘inevitable and even to be welcomed. … rather than being the foe of the classic, criticism and indeed criticism of the most ...

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