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Policing America: An Introduction

Willard M. Oliver


  • ISBN: 9781454886181

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    Policing America is an introductory textbook to policing in the United States.   In a balanced approach, the text presents the theoretical foundations of American policing, with a focus on contemporary police practices and research.  Oliver covers all of the key topics in policing, but does not overburden the student with either extraneous material only loosely related to policing or the overly detailed presentation of research more suited to a graduate program.  In an engaging and readable style, the author offers an overview of past practices and research in policing, but emphasizes more contemporary policing practices and research. The focus of the book is on a contextual understanding of concepts in American policing.  It is supported by the academic research, balanced with the voice of the American police officer.  

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    Published 09/28/2016
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    Willard M. Oliver

    Dr. Willard Oliver joined the faculty in 2003. His areas of expertise include policing, crime policy, and the history of criminal justice. Oliver's current research in policing is focused on the phenomenon of depolicing; his research into crime policy is focused on the presidential use (and abuse) of signing statements related to crime; and his history of criminal justice research is focused primarily on the authorship of a biography titled August Vollmer: The Father of American Policing. He currently serves as the editor for the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice's Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology, and he is the Academy of Criminal Justice Science's Official Historian. Oliver is both a former police officer and a retired military police officer, as well as a Desert Storm Veteran.

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