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An Introduction to Policing 7e

ISBN-13: 9781133594703 / ISBN-10: 1133594700

John S. Dempsey, State University of New York (SUNY)
Linda S. Forst, Shoreline Community College, Seattle Washington
Published by Cengage Learning, ©2014
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Introduce students to the challenges, excitement and rewards of law enforcement today with Dempsey and Forst's AN INTRODUCTION TO POLICING, 7th edition. Written by law enforcement veterans with extensive first-hand experience in all areas of policing, this engaging, comprehensive book blends practical information with pertinent theory. The authors examine today's most current issues and topics, including homeland security, recent terrorism incidents, the controversial Secure Communities Program by DHS, ATF's Fast and Furious gun program, the latest advances in policing technology, and more.
Readers find the latest in academic and practitioner research as well as the most current applications, statistics, court cases and information on law enforcement careers introduced through memorable learning features. This edition features increased coverage of small and rural departments while maintaining critical foundational coverage students need to fully understand who police are, what they do and how they do it. Extensive examples from police departments throughout the nation and world and essays from respected law enforcement veterans offer insights into crucial law enforcement issues and challenges.
Help students keep pace with the latest policing techniques and industry trends with this book's inviting approach and comprehensive support, including the resource-rich CourseMate website. AN INTRODUCTION TO POLICING, 7th edition, is an essential read for anyone considering a career in law enforcement today.


  • "Guest Lectures" by RESPECTED LAW ENFORCEMENT practitioners OFFER UNMATCHED INSIGHTS. These "Guest Lectures" from well-respected veterans of law enforcement in the field offer practitioner-based insights into crucial law enforcement issues and challenges, such as the border patrol and the impact of homeland security on small-town forces.
  • "You Are There" FEATURES BRING READERS INTO THE CENTER OF SIGNIFICANT HISTORIC EVENTS. These engaging features invite readers into detailed examinations of historical policing events and their impact on the field of law enforcement today.
  • "On the Job" FEATURES PROVIDE REALISTIC INSIGHTS INTO LAW ENFORCEMENT CAREERS. Both authors draw upon their own first-hand law enforcement experience to provide detailed descriptions and important insights into pursuing a career today in policing.
  • Review EXERCISES, Web Exercises, AND LEARNING CHECK QUESTIONS ENSURE MASTERY OF CONCEPTS. Review Exercises, Web Exercises and Learning Check questions at the end of each chapter enable readers to take learning a step further with important review and exploration opportunities.
  • Dedicated chapter on Homeland Security (Ch.15) EXAMINES THE LATEST THREATS AND COUNTER EFFORTS AGAINST TERRORIST ATTACKS. The authors discuss the recent emergence of homegrown terrorists with the latest information on today''s most recent terrorist attacks.
  • KEY TERMS AND REFERENCES OFFER IMPORTANT INFORMATION AT-A-GLANCE. Readers find definitions of key terms within each chapter, when terms first appear in the text. In addition, useful end-of-chapter references offer a quick, easy method for quickly locating important information on key topics.

1. Police History.
2. Organizing Public Security in the United States.
3. Organizing the Police Department.
4. Becoming a Police Officer.
5. The Police Role and Police Discretion.
6. Police Culture, Personality, and Police Stress.
7. Minorities in Policing.
8. Police Ethics and Police Deviance.
9. Patrol Operations.
10. Investigations.
11. Police and the Public.
12.Police and Their Clients.
13. Police and the Law.
14. Computers, Technology, and Criminalistics in Policing.
15. Homeland Security.
  • Expanded content HIGHLIGHTS THE CHALLENGES OF rural/small-town policing. Increased emphasis on smaller adepartments prepares readers to face a diversity of policing situations.
  • updated statistics and Cases reflect the latest policing challenges. Students gain a realistic perspective of the challenges and issues in policing today with the latest information and new cases throughout this edition.
  • THE LATEST DISCUSSIONS OF CURRENT EVENTS ADDRESS ISSUES CRITICAL IN POLICING TODAY. Updates highlight the most recent terrorism data and incidents (Ch. 15). New discussion explores the controversial Secure Communities Program by DHS and the ATF''s Fast and Furious gun program as well as the new Contacts between Police and the Public, 2008 (released October 2011). Readers also examine how recent fiscal concerns have impacted policing.
  • NEW INFORMATION ON TECHNOLOGY PREPARES READERS TO UTILIZE THE LATEST POLICING TOOLS. A wealth of the latest technology information and insights (Ch. 14) equips readers with both specialized knowledge and practical applications.
  • Expanded discussions of diversity PREPARE READERS FOR WORK IN TODAY''S LAW ENFORCEMENT ENVIRONMENT. This edition details the history of women and minorities in policing and features new information including the new IACP pregnancy policy and an innovative recruitment program in Vermont targeting women.
  • COURSEMATE WEBSITE MAXIMIZES STUDENT ENGAGEMENT. Criminal Justice CourseMate is available for An Introduction to Policing, 7th edition. This CourseMate includes: Engagement Tracker (in the instructor version), a first-of-its-kind tool that monitors student engagement in the course, an interactive eBook, with highlighting, note taking and search capabilities, interactive learning tools including: Quizzes, Flashcards, Videos, and more!

The authors blend extensive policing experience with sound academic grounding to produce a very readable text that is comprehensive in coverage and well researched contributing to both knowledge and understanding of the system of American policing.

I think the ability of the authors to humanize the police role is what distinguishes it from the competition. This text will really make students think about whether they want to take on this role, instead of letting them jump to conclusions about what the life is like.

[The text is] is exhaustive (in content) – but not exhausting (to read!)

John S. Dempsey
John S. Dempsey is Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice at State University of New York (SUNY), Suffolk County Community College. He also teaches criminal justice and public administration courses at SUNY, Empire State College, where he serves as a mentor for ranking members of law enforcement and criminal justice agencies. Mr. Dempsey was a member of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) from 1964 until 1988, serving as a police officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant and captain. He focused on both patrol and investigations. Mr. Dempsey received seven citations for meritorious and excellent police duty. After retiring from the NYPD, he served as Professor of Criminal Justice at Suffolk County Community College on Eastern Long Island, where he received the college's prestigious "Who Made a Difference Award" for his teaching and work with students. Mr. Dempsey lectures throughout the country on policing and criminal justice issues and is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), ASIS International, the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS), and the Criminal Justice Educators Association of New York State (CJEANYS). He has received the Outstanding Contributor Award from the ACJS Community College Section and the Fellows Award from the NEAJS. Mr. Dempsey has written several books on policing and security. He received his Associate of Arts Degree and his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Behavioral Science from the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, his Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Long Island University and his Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Linda S. Forst
Linda S. Forst is a professor of criminal justice at Shoreline Community College in Seattle, Washington, where she also serves on the Board of Law Enforcement Training Standards and Education for the State of Washington. Ms. Forst is a retired police captain from the Boca Raton (Florida) Police Services Department, where she served as a patrol officer, investigator, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. She spent most of her career in patrol, but also worked in investigations, professional standards, training, hiring, and support services. Ms. Forst was the department's first female field training officer, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. Ms. Forst has extensive training in accident investigation, domestic violence, sexual violence, community policing, and police management. She received numerous commendations during her career and earned numerous gold medals from the state and International Police Olympics. She also served on the board of directors for a local battered women's shelter for many years. An author of numerous magazine, journal, and newspaper publications, Ms. Forst regularly presents at conferences and to community groups. She has written several popular books on policing. Ms. Forst earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice, her Master's Degree in Community College Education, and her Doctorate Degree in Adult Education from Florida Atlantic University. She is a graduate of University of Louisville's Sex Crime Investigation School and Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command. Ms. Forst is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC), and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and has instructed for Northwestern's School of Police Staff and Command as well as Palm Beach Community College and Florida Atlantic University.