(Willan Publishing, 2003)
This is one of the most ambitious and authoritative books on policing ever written, providing a comprehensive and highly readable overview of policing in the UK. It will be an essential text for anybody involved in the study of policing, and a key source of reference for the police themselves.
The handbook both reflects and addresses the massive changes and transformations that have taken place in policing in recent years, the constant debate about the role and function of the police, and the increased professionalisation of one of the country's most important services. It draws upon the expertise of leading academics and of police practitioners themselves.
The Handbook of Policing is divided into four major sections. The first considers policing in its comparative and historical context; the second the context in which policing takes place, including 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.
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.
The editor, Tim Newburn, is Professor of Criminology and Social Policy and Director of the Mannheim Centre for Criminology at the London School of Economics. He is the author or editor of 20 books, many of which are on the subject of policing and security.
'This is a major contribution to the study of policing in the UK... authoritative, interesting and extremely wide-ranging.' - Sir Ian Blair (Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Police).
'...a timely and important text... its breadth of coverage and high-quality contributions make it an indispensable guide to the state of contemporary policing.' - Ian Loader (Keele University).
'...the most comprehensive treatment ever published on the issues facing the British police... indispensable reading for students, leaders, critics and supporters of the police.' - Professor Lawrence W Sherman (University of Pennsylvania).
'...a key resource for students and researchers... a much needed, comprehensive overview...' - Professor Simon Holdaway (Sheffield University).