Tim Newburn (ed): Policing: Key readings

(Willan Publishing, 2004)

Policing: Key readings

Policing has developed as an increasingly important and popular subject of study at colleges and universities, as a subject in its own right or as part of broader courses in criminology and criminal justice. At the same time police forces themselves have become increasingly professionalised and have engaged with academic and theoretical debates on the nature of policing.

There now exists a body of work - much of it North American and British, some Australian - constituting this core of policing studies. Much of it, however, is not readily accessible to students or practitioners. This book brings together for the first time the classic readings that make up policing studies, setting them within their theoretical, social and political contexts, and providing an explanatory commentary. It will be invaluable to anyone wishing to understand the development and likely future of contemporary policing.

'A very rich collection of materials - well selected and nicely organized - that will enable the reader to explore, in depth, the complexities of the police function.' - Herman Goldstein (Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison) .

'This important book brings together leading research on policing in new and original ways. It is the best and most comprehensive collection available, and is essential reading for courses on policing at both undergraduate and advanced levels.' - Richard Ericson (University of Toronto).

'A comprehensive and needed volume that gathers reading central to understanding the development, role, culture and future of policing in a variety of contexts. The breadth of the coverage and clarity of the writing makes this ideal for courses.' - Gary T Marx (Emeritus Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

'My reaction upon reading it was "I'd like to have that one on my bookshelf!" It looks like it will make a tremendous resource. All the classics are there.' - Peter Grabosky (Australian National University).

'...an indispensable companion to any course on police and policing.' - PAJ Waddington (University of Reading).

'...provides the needed foundational knowledge - analytic, empirical and descriptive - of policing at either the graduate or undergraduate level. I intend to use it in my police strategies class and urge others to consider its merits.' - Peter Manning (Northeastern University).

'...excellent... a valuable resource for the study of policing at undergraduate and graduate level.' - Clifford Shearing (Australian National University).