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Introduction to Policing

Introduction to Policing

Second Edition
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Criminal Justice | Police Studies

December 2013 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Thoroughly updated to take account of recent changes in policy, this book covers everything you need to excel at your studies in Policing.

It includes:

  • A new chapter on Global and Transnational Policing rich in comparative examples
  • A new chapter on Criminal Investigation, providing a complete overview of the criminal investigation process
  • A concluding chapter tying together the book’s themes, including a new section on approaches to policing
  • A companion website with lecturer resources, web links, expanded case studies and links to relevant journal articles  

Written with flair and enthusiasm, the text is packed with helpful learning features from key terms, learning objectives and chapter summaries, to self-check questions, annotated further reading, text boxes and a glossary. 

What Is Policing?
Historical Origins and Development of the Police in England and Wales
Police Powers: The Legal Framework
Who Guards the Guards?
Community Policing
Police Culture
Policing Diversity
Global and Transnational Policing
Criminal Investigation and Policing
Plural Policing
Surveillance, IT and the Future of Policing
Conclusions: The Future of Policing


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Free resources on the companion website:

  • Key terms from the glossary to accompany chapters
  • Links to free SAGE journal articles
  • Links to websites and videos
  • Chapter summaries
  • Self-check Q&As
  • Study questions
  • Annotated further reading suggestions
  • Lecture notes
  • PowerPoint slides 

This is an authoritative introduction to the debates, issues and developments that define contemporary policing in the UK. The range and level of practical engagement ensures that the second edition is an excellent 'must read' resource for all undergraduate students of policing.

Eugene McLaughlin
City University London

This new edition, bang up-to-date and admirable in both breadth and depth, provides an excellent introduction to the police in England and Wales – and to the study of police and policing more widely – for undergraduates, and indeed anyone new to the topic.

Ben Bradford
University of Oxford

A well-written, detailed and up-to-date introductory text that reflects the continuities and changes in UK policing in recent years. Ideal for students and all those who are fascinated by the complex world of contemporary policing.

Jenny Fleming
University of Southampton

A clear, concise, user-friendly introduction to policing.

Robert Reiner
London School of Economics

This is an excellent introductory text, which I intend to recommend to students that they purchase a copy of for the purpose of my Policing & Social Control course. Some of the chapters relate directly to the course context, particularly those on: what is policing; the history of the police; community policing; plural policing; and surveillance. This is an accessible criminological text which will aid students at Salford in working towards meeting the learning outcomes for the module.

Dr Laura Connelly
Sch Nursing,Midwifery,Soc Wrk & Soc Sc, Salford University
December 7, 2016

This book as a fantastic introductory text which should be essential reading for all policing students. The main areas of police strategy and research are brought up to date in this edition and are presented in a clear, concise and accessible style.

Dr Iain Channing
Law School, University of Plymouth
August 30, 2016

Excellent read. Clearly indexed and contemporary.

Ms Anne L Eason
Inst of Health, Soc Care & Psychology, Worcester University
August 16, 2016

This is a clear and concise text examining the key issues in policing, and as such is an ideal text for students beginning to study in this area

Mrs Caroline Knight
Children,Health, Adventure & Public Services, South Devon College
July 13, 2016

A fantastic start for anyone undergoing police and criminal law study. Ideal for Level 3 and A Levels

Mrs Sarah Rees
Access to Higher Education, Weston College
May 12, 2016

A book that gives indepth anaylsis and theories that make the students think. It will remain on our reading list as an additional source for the students.

Mr Gary Howard
Social Science , Hopwood Hall College
March 6, 2016
  • A chapter on Global and Transnational Policing
  • A chapter on Criminal Investigation
  • A concluding chapter tying together the book’s themes, including a new section on approaches to policing
  • companion website with lecturer resources, web links, expanded case studies and links to relevant journal articles  

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Introduction to Policing: What is Policing?

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