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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.
ISBN 0-13-021008-0

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For freshman/sophomore/junior-level courses in Introduction to Law Enforcement, Municipal Police Operations, and Police Systems and Practices. This text provides students with a thorough exploration of the many facets of today's policing—starting with the role of today's police officer. It offers a mixture of theory and practicality highlighted by real experiences, observations, and anecdotes.


NEW—Updated “Case In Points” sections.

  • Provide students with up-to-date, realistic examples and applications of the theory presented in the text.
NEW—All new and subject-related photographs and popular cartoons.
  • 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.
NEW—All new, updated tables.
  • Provides updated information regarding every aspect of policing today.
NEW—Features new spotlights on top women in the profession.
  • Emphasizes the benefit of diversity in the workplace.
Policing as a three-tiered system: local, state and federal—Explores the subsystems of each.
  • 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.
A focus on the police of today and tomorrow, rather than on the history of policing.
  • Help students gain insight and understanding into the issues facing today's police, making the subject more interesting and relevant.
“What Do You Think” problems—In every chapter.
  • Gives students an opportunity to apply their knowledge of the concepts to practical situations, giving them a unique perspective of the realities of policing.
Author's dual perspectives—Based on his extensive experience as both a police officer and academic.
  • 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.
Internet addresses—Cited throughout.
  • Gives both students and professors an alternative resource with which to obtain additional information on a particular subject.
The role of women in policing.
  • Gives a dual and reality-based perspective to what's happening in law enforcement and how women are increasing in the ranks.

Table of Contents
    1. The Police Role in Our Society.
    2. From a Systems Perspective.
    3. Patrol.
    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.


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