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A Handbook of Policing

Tim Newburn| (ed)
Willan Publishing (10 October 2003)

This is one of the most ambitious books on policing ever written. It aims to provide a comprehensive but highly readable overview of policing in the UK, reflecting the transformations that have taken place in recent years and the increasing professionalisation of one of the country's most important services. It will be an essential text for anybody involved in the study of policing as a subject in its own right or as part of a broader criminal justice or criminology course, and a key source of reference for the police themselves it is by far the most comprehensive and authoritative book to have been written on the subject, combining the expertise of leading academic experts on policing and policing practitioners themselves. It will become an essential point of reference at a time of rapid change for the police, and constant debate about their role and function.

A Handbook of Policing is divided into four major sections. The first considers policing in its comparative and historical context, looking at the major models of policing and how policing has developed from its origins to the present day. The second section considers the context in which policing takes place, analysing domestic and international police structures, the relationship of policing to other forms of security provision and private policing. The third section looks at how the police operate, with sections on the analysis and investigation of crime, approaches to crime prevention, community safety, drugs, terrorism and organised crime, and the way policing if affected by and utilises new technologies. The final section looks at a range of key issues and debates in contemporary policing, ranging from race and gender to ethics and restorative justice.

Tim Newburn will be launching this publication at the Future of Policing conference at LSE on Friday 10 October. For more information on the conference, click here|