Policing in America, Seventh Edition


Larry K. Gaines is a Professor and Chair of the Criminal Justice Department at California State University-San Bernardino.

Victor E. Kappeler is a Foundation Professor and Chair for the Department of Criminal Justice and Police Studies at Eastern Kentucky University.


This comprehensive text provides an overview of law enforcement topics, integrating major empirical findings and theory-based research findings in the field with a thorough analysis of contemporary policing problems.

The issues-oriented discussion focuses on critical concerns facing American police, including personnel systems, organization and management, operations, discretion, use of force, culture and behavior, ethics and deviance, civil liability and police-community relations. A critical assessment of police history and the role politics played in the development of American police institutions is offered. Globalization, terrorism and homeland security are addressed.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Anderson; 7 edition (August 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143773488X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1437734881



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