The Idea of Police

by Carl B. Klockars

Part of the Law and Criminal Justice System Series

The Idea of Police Synopsis

The Idea of Police is one of the core texts in its series. Written by a leading criminologist in a highly readable, fluid style, it is intended as an introductory text on police. Klockars defines the police in terms of their right to use coercive force. He then describes the comparative evolution of the British and US police forces, providing readers with the historical background to the current state of the police. The moral conflicts and issues of discretion that policemen must cope with are explored and, lastly, he looks at two questions: What makes a good police officer? And what type of organizational, political, and social environment encourages good policework?

Book Information

ISBN: 9780803921795
Publication date: 28th March 1985
Author: Carl B. Klockars
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 160 pages
Categories: Social issues & processes, Social welfare & social services,

About Carl B. Klockars

Carl B. Klockars is a Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology at the University of Delaware. A criminologist of more than thirty years experience, Prof. Klockars is the author of five books, more than fifty scholarly articles, and numerous professional papers. He has served as nationally-elected vice-president of the Police Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and was three times elected by the members of the American Society of Criminology to serve on its Executive Board. He has also served as a lobbyist for the Maryland Sheriffs Association and as an expert witness in cases alleging police misconduct. ...

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