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Hard Cop, Soft Cop Dilemmas and Debates in Contemporary Policing by Roger Hopkins Burke

Hard Cop, Soft Cop Dilemmas and Debates in Contemporary Policing


Hard Cop, Soft Cop Dilemmas and Debates in Contemporary Policing by Roger Hopkins Burke

This is a book about policing styles in the broadest sense, looking at zero tolerance policing at one extreme and 'softer' approaches to policing at the other. It is particularly concerned to explore the dilemmas and moral ambiguities inherent in the tensions between different policing approaches. Rather than seeking to juxtapose 'hard' and 'soft' policing styles the guiding thread of the book is the notion that policing is both pervasive and insidious. Different policing styles, whether conducted by the public police service, private security or social work agencies, are all part of a multi-agency corporate crime control industry which provides the essential context for an understanding of these different approaches.

About the Author

Roger Hopkins Burke is Principal Lecturer in Criminology at Nottingham Trent University. His research interests include criminological theory, young people and crime, generic policing and social control, and crime prevention. Recent publications include Zero Tolerance Policing (Perpetuity Press, 1998), An Introduction to Criminological Theory, 3e (Willan Publishing, 2009), and Young People, Crime and Justice (Willan Publishing, 2008).

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Publication date

1st May 2004


Roger Hopkins Burke

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Willan Publishing an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


320 pages


Jurisprudence & general issues



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