The SAGE Handbook of Global Policing examines and critically retraces the field of policing studies by posing and exploring a series of fundamental questions to do with the concept and institutions of policing and their relation to social and political life in today's globalized world. The volume is structured in the following four parts: Part One: Lenses Part Two: Social and Political Order Part Three: Legacies Part Four: Problems and Problematics. By bringing new lines of vision and new voices to the social analysis of policing, and by clearly demonstrating why policing matters, the Handbook will be an essential tool for anyone in the field.
Chapter 12: The Police and Inequality: Tales from Two Cities
The Police and Inequality: Tales from Two Cities
It is just past six in the morning when Herbert arrives at the downtown precinct of the Seattle Police Department (SPD). After some introductory chit-chat with the officers who await him, he piles into a police van. All told, there are four officers in the van. Three of them work for the SPD, the other for the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC). The van is dedicated to the ‘Neighborhood Corrections Initiative,’ a joint operation of the SPD and the DOC. It is meant as an opportunity for both agencies to work together to monitor people who spend a considerable amount of time in the public spaces ...