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.

Police Studies: Traditional Perspectives

Police Studies: Traditional Perspectives

Police studies: Traditional perspectives

This chapter provides an overview of the main theoretical perspectives that constitute the backbone of Anglo-American police scholarship. As was noted in the previous chapter, the first book-length sociological study of the police by Michael Banton was not published until 1964. Hence, sociological analysis had a marginal presence in initial discussions about shifts and changes in initial post-war policing. However, the socio-economic, cultural and political transformations that convulsed Western democratic societies from the 1960s onwards created a fertile terrain for the development of a sociologically informed police scholarship (see, Sherman, 1974; Reiner, 1997a; Walker, 2004). The 1960s were marked by social and political unrest, urban riots, new social problems, the emergence of radical protest movements, political violence and ...

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