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An Introduction to Policing 8th Edition

John S. Dempsey, Linda S. Forst

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  • Previous Editions 2014, 2012, 2010
  • 624 Pages
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Introduce students to the challenges, excitement, and rewards of law enforcement today with Dempsey and Forst's AN INTRODUCTION TO POLICING, 8th Edition. Written by law enforcement veterans with extensive first-hand experience in all areas of policing, this engaging, comprehensive book blends practical information with pertinent theory. The authors examine today's most current issues and topics, including homeland security, recent terrorism incidents, the controversial Secure Communities Program by DHS, Specialized Policing Responses to individuals with mental illness, advances in policing technology, and more. Readers find the latest in academic and practitioner research as well as the most current applications, statistics, court cases, and information on law enforcement careers, all introduced through memorable learning features. The book also discusses small and rural departments while maintaining critical foundational coverage students need to fully understand who police are, what they do, and how they do it. 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.

John S. Dempsey, Suffolk County Community College, Selden, New York

The late John S. Dempsey was Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice at State University of New York (SUNY), Suffolk County Community College. He taught criminal justice and public administration courses at SUNY, Empire State College, where he served as a mentor for ranking members of law enforcement and criminal justice agencies. Mr. Dempsey was a member of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) from 1964 until 1988, serving as a police officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant and captain. He received seven citations for meritorious and excellent police duty. After retiring from the NYPD, he served as Professor of Criminal Justice at Suffolk County Community College on Eastern Long Island, where he received the college's prestigious "Who Made a Difference Award" for his teaching and work with students. Recipient of the Outstanding Contributor Award from the ACJS Community College Section and the Fellows Award from the NEAJS, Mr. Dempsey authored several books on policing and security. He received Master's Degrees in Criminal Justice from Long Island University and in Public Administration from Harvard University, the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Linda S. Forst, Shoreline Community College, Seattle Washington

Linda S. Forst is a Professor of Criminal Justice at Shoreline Community College in Seattle, Washington, where she also serves on the Civil Service Commission for Mukilteo, Washington. Dr. Forst is a retired police captain from the Boca Raton (Florida) Police Services Department, where she was a patrol officer, investigator, sergeant, lieutenant and captain and the department's first female field training officer, sergeant, lieutenant and captain. She received numerous commendations during her career and also served on the board of directors for a local battered women's shelter. An author of numerous magazine, journal and newspaper publications and several popular books on policing, Dr. Forst regularly presents at conferences and to community groups. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice, her Master's Degree in Community College Education, and her Ph.D. in Adult Education from Florida Atlantic University. She is also a graduate of University of Louisville's Sex Crime Investigation School and Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command. Dr. Forst is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and has instructed for Northwestern's School of Police Staff and Command as well as Palm Beach Community College and Florida Atlantic University.
  • Guest Lectures from professionals in the field have been expanded from the previous edition and now appear in every chapter, giving insight on up-to-the-minute policing issues and events such as human trafficking (Chapter 5) and the law enforcement response to Sandy Hook (Chapter 10).
  • Chapter 14, "Computers, Technology, and Criminalistics in Policing," has been extensively updated to cover the latest advancements, tools, and practices in technology – from forensics to including identity theft, smartphones, DNA collection and profiling, and more. This chapter also features a new Guest Lecture on using technology in child pornography investigations.
  • Each chapter has been thoroughly updated in response to reviewer feedback, with strong focus on the trending hot topics of community policing, reduced budgets and resources, self-defense and "stand your ground" laws, and cybercrime.
  • You Are There features bring readers into the center of significant historic and current events. These engaging features invite readers into detailed examinations of historical and current policing events and their impact on the field of law enforcement.
  • On the Job features provide realistic insights into law enforcement careers. The authors draw upon their own first-hand law enforcement experience to provide detailed descriptions and important insights into pursuing a career today in policing.
  • Providing for maximum reinforcement and student success, chapters begin with numbered learning objectives that are carefully matched to corresponding quiz and test items.
  • Readers find definitions of key terms within each chapter, when terms first appear in the text. In addition, useful end-of-chapter references offer a quick, easy method for quickly locating important information on key topics.
1. Police History.
2. Organizing Public Security in the United States.
3. Organizing the Police Department.
4. Becoming a Police Officer.
5. The Police Role and Police Discretion.
6. Police Culture, Personality, and Police Stress.
7. Minorities in Policing.
8. Police Ethics and Police Deviance.
9. Patrol Operations.
10. Investigations.
11. Police and Their Clients.
12. Community Policing.
13. Police and the Law.
14. Computers, Technology, and Criminalistics in Policing.
15. Homeland Security.
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"A thorough, comprehensive, and logical presentation of material that is relevant for a policing class. It can be taught to various levels and its depth of material allows instructors a great deal of flexibility to tailor their lectures."

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Online Instructor's Resource Manual

ISBN: 9781305408340
Revised to reflect new content in the Eighth Edition, the manual includes learning objectives, key terms, a detailed chapter outline, a chapter summary, lesson plans, discussion topics, student activities, "What If" scenarios, media tools, a sample syllabus, and an expanded test bank with 30% more questions than the prior edition. The learning objectives are correlated with the discussion topics, student activities and media tools. Each chapter's test bank contains questions in multiple-choice, true false, completion, essay, and new critical thinking formats, with a full answer key. The test bank is coded to the learning objectives that appear in the main text, and includes the section in the main text where the answers can be found. Finally, each question in the test bank has been carefully reviewed by experienced criminal justice instructors for quality, accuracy, and content coverage so instructors can be sure they are working with an assessment and grading resource of the highest caliber.

Online PowerPoint®

ISBN: 9781305494084
Helping you make your lectures more engaging while effectively reaching your visually oriented students, these handy Microsoft PowerPoint® slides outline the chapters of the main text in a classroom-ready presentation. The PowerPoint® slides are updated to reflect the content and organization of the new edition of the text, are tagged by chapter learning objective, and feature some additional examples and real world cases for application and discussion.

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305073722
Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible online system that allows you to import, edit, and manipulate test bank content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.