Higher Education

Paradoxes of Police Work, 2nd Edition

  • Douglas W. Perez Platsburgh State University, New York
  • ISBN-10: 1435496825  |  ISBN-13: 9781435496828
  • 368 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1997
  • © 2011 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $41.50
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Overview

Through the eyes of a former police officer, Paradoxes of Police Work, 2nd edition leads the reader through the policies and inherent contradictions of law enforcement as described with real cop experiences and realities. In "tell it like it is" fashion, this book offers examples of real-life situations that occur constantly in the day-to-day operations of "routine" patrol and offers glimpses into the frustrations and stresses of law enforcement careers. Paradoxes of Police Work, 2nd edition tackles subjects that many academic texts and field books too often ignore. Controversial issues are often glossed over in other books, but their importance cannot be dismissed. Confronting them can lead to a better understanding of the profession, which can in turn create better professionals. Whether the book is used as a reader to support an academic course or in law enforcement training, the thought-provoking and insightful topic coverage clarifies the paradoxes in modern police work. Paradoxes of Police Work, 2nd edition is strongly suggested for introductory courses and academies, as well as for anyone considering a career in law enforcement.

Features and Benefits

  • Written by an experienced former police officer, this book tackles a subject too often ignored; using field examples of paradoxical issues and situations officers face daily and opening classroom dialogue on these often controversial topics.
  • Includes material not only related to the individual officer experience, but also those associated with: police systems organization and administration; police leadership; community oriented policing; and the drive toward genuine professionalism in police work.
  • Each chapter is now accompanied by an initial outline, a "Key Terms" section, a "Discussion Questions" section, and an "Additional Reading" section; as well as a "Paradox Box" that concisely sums up the central paradox discussed in the chapter.
  • New chapters include Media Imagery; Subculture; Three Traditional Styles of Police Organization; Community Oriented Policing; Selection; Education and Training; Accountability; Leadership; and Professionalism.
  • A companion website has been added with an instructor's manual, computerized test bank and PowerPoint lecture slides.
  • Price point is appropriate for practitioners, where resources are more limited, as well as for students, who may have to purchase this in addition to their core text.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.
Introduction.
PART ONE – IN THE BAG: THE POLICE OFFICER'S EXPERIENCE.
Chapter One: Goals: What Are We Doing Out There?
Chapter Two: Stereotyping.
Chapter Three: Discretion.
Chapter Four: Due Process.
Chapter Five: Coercive Power.
Chapter Six: Media Imagery.
Chapter Seven: The Subculture.
PART TWO – ORGANIZATIONAL STYLES.
Chapter Eight: Paramilitarism.
Chapter Nine: Three Traditional Styles of Police Organization.
Chapter Ten: Community Oriented Policing.
PART THREE – POLICE ADMINISTRATION.
Chapter Eleven: Selection.
Chapter Twelve: Education and Training.
Chapter Thirteen: Accountability.
PART FOUR – FUTURES.
Chapter Fourteen: Leadership.
Chapter Fifteen: Professionalism.
Epilogue.

What's New

  • New chapters include Media Imagery; Subculture; Three Traditional Styles of Police Organization; Community Oriented Policing; Selection; Education and Training; Accountability; Leadership; and Professionalism.
  • Expanded material on paradoxes outside the individual personal experience: police systems organization and administration; police leadership; community oriented policing; and the drive toward genuine professionalism in police work.
  • Each chapter is now accompanied by an initial outline, a "Key Terms" section, a "Discussion Questions" section, and an "Additional Reading" section.
  • A companion website has been added with an instructor's manual, computerized test bank and PowerPoint lecture slides.

Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"Given its forward looking perspective and the emphasis on the paradoxes of police work, this text should be in front of the current generation of university students. Second, there is a need for recruits in today's law enforcement academies to assign this text as required additional reading. As a former law enforcement academy director, I believe that America's next generation of officers should understand the challenges, dilemmas, and implications of the material in this text. Third, this makes an excellent professional development book."

— Dr. Richard M. Hough, Sr., University of West Florida and Criminal Justice Academy

"This is an excellent textbook!! I don't think I can stress enough how student friendly this text is. … The text is comprehensive, but not overwhelming. ... The chapters are informative and concise, but still allow the instructor to add his or her experience to enhance the information."

— Pamela Spence, ABD, Holmes Community College

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Douglas W. Perez

Perez teaches courses in criminal justice, focusing on the police, law and society, the drug war, and introductory courses. After serving as both a police and correctional officer, he began teaching at the college level on a dozen campuses around the nation. In addition to consulting for numerous police departments and the federal government, he has published Common Sense About Police Review and Police Ethics: A Matter of Character (with J. Alan Moore).