The police in a free society : safeguarding rights while enforcing the law / Todd Douglas.Material type: TextPublisher: Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, Description: xi, 291 pages ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781440852916; 144085291X.Subject(s): Police -- United States | Police power -- United States | Law enforcement -- United States | Police misconduct -- United States | Law enforcement | Police | Police misconduct | Police power | United StatesAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Police in a free society.DDC classification: 363.20973
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
The paradox of policing a free society -- The evolution of the modern police force -- From neighborhood patrolman to law-enforcement officer -- The consequences of eroding respect -- The police and racial conflict in America -- The police as the face of the law -- Training the police for service instead of enforcement -- Police legitimacy and public relations -- Handling officers who abuse the public trust -- The police force the public deserves.
"An unprecedented look at the evolution of American police from filling their intended role as peacekeepers and guardians of citizen rights to calling themselves--and acting primarily as--"law enforcement officers." As accusations of police misconduct and racial bias increasingly dominate the media, The Police in a Free Society: Safeguarding Rights While Enforcing the Law takes an unflinching look at the police, the communities they serve, and the politicians who direct them. Author Todd Douglas, a veteran state police commander, exposes the occurrences of police misconduct and incompetence as well as incidences of charlatans who intentionally inflame racial tensions with the police for their own political or financial gain. Readers will better understand what police officers must deal with on a daily basis, grasp the role of lawmakers in keeping faith with the public, and appreciate the tremendous challenges that police leaders face in attempting to reverse recent trends and shore up public confidence in police officers. This is a rare glimpse into the often-ugly reality of what happens on America's streets, with insights gained from the perspective of the cop and suspect alike."--Publisher's website.