Understanding Today's Police, 2/e
M. L. Dantzker, University of Texas, Pan American
Published June, 1999 by Prentice Hall Career & Technology
Copyright 2000, 345 pp.
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Introduction to Law Enforcement-Criminal Justice
For freshman/sophomore/junior-level courses in Introduction
to Law Enforcement, Municipal Police Operations, and Police Systems
This text provides students with a thorough exploration of
the many facets of today's policingstarting with the role
of today's police officer. It offers a mixture of theory and practicality
highlighted by real experiences, observations, and anecdotes.
NEWUpdated Case In Points sections.
NEWAll new and subject-related photographs
and popular cartoons.
- Provide students with up-to-date, realistic examples
and applications of the theory presented in the text.
NEWAll new, updated tables.
- Assists instructors in presenting the ideas and concepts
discussed in the text in a lively, engaging manner that keeps students
interested in and motivated about learning the material.
NEWFeatures new spotlights on top women
in the profession.
- Provides updated information regarding every aspect of
Policing as a three-tiered system: local, state and federalExplores
the subsystems of each.
- Emphasizes the benefit of diversity in the workplace.
A focus on the police of today and tomorrow, rather than
on the history of policing.
- Explains to students the differences between the various
levels of policing as well as how the police interact with the rest
of the criminal justice system.
What Do You Think problemsIn every
- Help students gain insight and understanding into the
issues facing today's police, making the subject more interesting
Author's dual perspectivesBased on his extensive
experience as both a police officer and academic.
- Gives students an opportunity to apply their knowledge
of the concepts to practical situations, giving them a unique perspective
of the realities of policing.
Internet addressesCited throughout.
- Makes the text more realistic for students by combining
theory and practice from a first-hand perspective and shows students
the gaps between theory and practice.
The role of women in policing.
- Gives both students and professors an alternative
resource with which to obtain additional information on a particular
- Gives a dual and reality-based perspective to what's
happening in law enforcement and how women are increasing in the ranks.
1. The Police Role in Our Society.
2. From a Systems Perspective.
4. Criminal Investigations and Other Support Units.
5. Organization and Management.
6. Police and the Law.
7. The Use of Discretion.
8. Relating to the Community.
9. Recruitment: Quality of Personnel.
10. The Personality of Police Officers.
11. Issues: Today and Tomorrow.