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An Introduction to Policing, 9th Edition
Introduce students to the challenges, excitement and rewards of law enforcement today with Dempsey, Forst, and Carter’s AN INTRODUCTION TO POLICING, 9th Edition. Written by law enforcement veterans with extensive first-hand experience in all areas of policing, this engaging book blends practical information with pertinent theory. The authors examine current issues and topics, and present the latest in academic and practitioner research as well as the most current applications, statistics, court cases and information on law enforcement careers. Extensive examples from police departments throughout the nation and world as well as essays from respected law enforcement veterans offer insights into crucial law enforcement issues and challenges. AN INTRODUCTION TO POLICING is an essential read for anyone considering a career in law enforcement today.
An Introduction to Policing, Ninth Edition, is an introductory text for college students who are interested in learning who the police are, what they do, and how they do it. The policing profession is a noble one, and we sincerely hope this text teaches those preparing to enter law enforcement how to continue in this great tradition.
This book provides a general overview of policing in our society so that students can understand why and how policing is performed. It is, above all, a text for students. It will show you the jobs available in policing, how you can go about getting them, what skills you will need, and what you will do when you get those jobs. In addition, we try to give you an idea, a sense, and a flavor of policing. We want you
to get a clear look at policing, not only for your academic interest but, more importantly, to help you determine if policing is what you want to do with the rest of your life.
An Introduction to Policing explores the subject matter from the perspective of three individuals who have devoted their lives to active police work and education. We wrote this new edition, in part, out of
a desire to combine the practical experience gained from a collective 67 years on the job in the field of policing with the equally valuable insights gained from our years of formal education and teaching.
While John Dempsey’s experience and words will be part of this text for many more years, Steve Carter’s unique experiences in law enforcement and education have significantly added to the voice of
the text in his new role as a co-author.
Changes to the Ninth Edition
In response to student and reviewer feedback, this edition provides the latest in academic and practitioner research as well as the latest applications, statistics, court cases, information on careers, and
criminalistic and technological advances. As always, co-author Linda Forst continues to lend additional geographic and gender perspective to the text.
The Ninth Edition continues to reflect the
increasing emphasis on policing and homeland security, and we have added or strengthened topics such as community policing; self-defense and stand-your ground laws; the new IACP Women’s Leadership
Institute; social media campaigns; cybercrime; the law enforcement partnership with the Special Olympics; police response to homeless individuals and the mentally ill; budget issues and police academy funding; female, LGBTQ, and minority officers in the profession; drug investigations in light of emerging medical and recreational marijuana legislation as well as the opioid epidemic; recognizing and responding to elder abuse; and more. This edition also addresses President Obama’s Task Force on Twenty-First Century Policing and its follow-up recommendations on hiring, recruiting and advancing diversity throughout the text. The Black Lives Matter movement and protests as well as the questionable police shootings and the ambush shootings of police officers are also discussed throughout the chapters. The following updates have been made within chapters.