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Policing gangs in America / Charles M. Katz, Vincent J. Webb.

By: Katz, Charles M.
Contributor(s): Webb, Vincent J.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Cambridge studies in criminology (Cambridge University Press)080.G35 K38 2006: Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006Description: x, 310 pages ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780521851107; 0521851106; 9780521616546; 0521616549.Subject(s): Police -- Gang units -- United States | Gangs -- United States | Community policing -- United States | Brigades antigangs -- États Unis | Gangs -- États-Unis | Police communautaire -- États-Unis | Community policing | Gangs | Police -- Gang units | Kommunalpolitik | Polizei | Bandenkriminalität | Brigades antigangs - États Unis | Gangs - États-Unis | Police communautaire - États-Unis | Bandenkriminalität | Kommunalpolitik | Polizei | United States | USA | USADDC classification: 363.2/3
Contents:
Acknowledgments -- Studying the police response to gangs -- Setting and methods -- Historical analysis of gangs and gang control -- Scope and nature of the current gang problem -- Form, function, and management of the police gang unit -- The gang unit officer -- On the job -- Policing gangs in a time of community policing -- Conclusion and implications -- References -- Index.
Summary: This study describes the assumptions, issues, problems, and events that characterise, shape, and define the police response to gangs in America today. It focuses on gang unit officers and the environment in which they work, describing how gang units respond to community gang problems.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-302) and index.

Acknowledgments -- 1. Studying the police response to gangs -- 2. Setting and methods -- 3. Historical analysis of gangs and gang control -- 4. Scope and nature of the current gang problem -- 5. Form, function, and management of the police gang unit -- 6. The gang unit officer -- 7. On the job -- 8. Policing gangs in a time of community policing -- 9. Conclusion and implications -- References -- Index.

This study describes the assumptions, issues, problems, and events that characterise, shape, and define the police response to gangs in America today. It focuses on gang unit officers and the environment in which they work, describing how gang units respond to community gang problems.

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Well known and regarded scholars Webb (sociology, Southern Illinois Univ.) and Katz (criminal justice, Arizona State Univ.) offer a comprehensive report of a research project that evaluated the effectiveness of the police response to gangs with an emphasis on the use of gang intervention units. Data were gathered from four police departments in the Southwest. The data collection was extensive, using primarily interviews and records research. The authors used these data to examine closely the context, operations, and effectiveness of gang intervention efforts, with a focus on the impact on the gang unit officer. The result is a strong descriptive manuscript with a solid conclusions and implications chapter. The text is clearly written and well within the grasp of average readers. Katz and Webb make good use of a limited number of tables. The work is well referenced and adequately indexed. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Libraries serving departments of criminology, criminal justice, social work, and sociology, all levels. R. T. Sigler University of Alabama

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