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101. Fire Apparatus Purchasing Handbook
by William C. Peters
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Catlog: Book (1994-06-01)
Publisher: Fire Engineering Books
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This text details the step-by-step instructions needed to write specifications, go out to bid, evaluate the bids, inspect the apparatus, and save your department money. Chief Peters provides insight into various apparatus features, real-life mishaps, maintenance programs, and warranty information that will help you and the department purchase the right vehicle for the job. ... Read more


102. Handbook of Polygraph Testing
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Catlog: Book (2001-10-15)
Publisher: Academic Press
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The Handbook of Polygraph Testing examines the fundamental principles behind lie detector tests, and provides an up-to-date review of their validity. The editor presents current psychological theories, including an explanation of the cognitive processes central to polygraph testing. He describes the various methods of testing, the research in support of each method, and special issues in polygraph research.The Handbook helps readers interpret existing research studies, and learn how to improve the accuracy of polygraph testing and analysis.

The dual focus on research and clinical applications makes this text appropriate for a broad range of readers, from polygraph examiners and law enforcement personnel to lawyers, scientists, and graduate students. The Handbook helps establish standards in the field by establishing a set of common terms, concepts, and processes for the people who administer and analyze the tests as well as for the researchers who test the underlying theories.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A fascinating compendium of studies and commentaries
Deftly edited by Murray Kleiner, Handbook Of Polygraph Testing is a scholarly collection of superbly presented essays by a variety of experts in the field which address the technical and psychological aspects of using polygraph or "lie detector" testing today. Written at a professional level, the contributed essays by a variety of distinguished authors discuss legal aspects of testing, computer methods for determining deception, the pre-test interview, detecting false memories, and much more. The Handbook Of Polygraph Testing is a fascinating compendium of studies and commentaries containing thought-provoking information -- especially for those who must increasingly use or come into contact with polygraph testing with respect to the contemporary governmental and corporate world of personnel screening, the demands of the legal system, and national security concerns. ... Read more


103. Fixing Broken Windows : Restoring Order And Reducing Crime In Our Communities
by George L. Kelling, Catherine M. Coles
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Catlog: Book (1998-01-20)
Publisher: Free Press
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4-0 out of 5 stars Individual Rights and the Power in Communities
Disorderly behavior damages communities, so goes the central theme of Kelling & Coles's Fixing Broken Windows, a book about "restoring order and reducing crime". Kelling & Coles proceed to back this assertion up with both logical argument and evidence from a small but impressive set of studies of community policing. Their arguments tend to be rather persuasive, and will likely resonate with anyone who's fond of Etzioni's Communitarianism.

Disorder, Kelling & Coles argue, breeds many things in a community: fear on the part of residents; further disorder; and eventually "serious" crime. Disorder promotes decay as streets cease to be areas where community standards are enforced, or where those standards are to the detriment of the majority of the members of the community.

From Kelling & Coles perspective, before the 60's, police were far more integrated with the communities they served, in part by virtue of regular contact with residents as they walked beats. This enabled them to have a much better understanding of the particular needs and standards of the communities they work in. Even more importantly, it allowed them to prevent crime, rather than simply respond to it.

The police of today, Kelling and Coles argue, are not only not efective at reducing disorder, they are ineffective at preventing crime, and not terribly good at responding to crime. The 911 model limits police contact with the general citizenry, and prevents them from developing the kinds of relationship that allow them to intervene effectively without resorting to overtly coercive or threatening behaviors.

One particular study cited by Kelling and Coles stands out to me, in which they looked at fear, one of the crucial factors in their model. Robert Trojanowicz(1982), they report, found that officers alone on foot patrol were less fearful that officers patrolling two to a car in the same areas.

Kelling & Coles supply not only examples of what they consider successful and unsuccessful attempts at order maintenance proograms, they also review the legal foundation for such activities, as well as the legal challenges to such efforts as "aggressive panhandling" ordinances. Their analysis helps a lay reader understand different burdens that a law might come under in order to show that it is attempting to meet a compelling government interest, as well as how limitations on personal behavior may be legally justified in the interest of preserving safe & orderly public fora.

The main weakness of the book, and the argument, in my opinion, is the lack of adequate examination of how community power struggles and class issues will likely play out in the development of community standards of behavior for an area. It is a very significant concern that the order police may have helped in the past, while they were more integrated into their communities, was a much more segregated one, where being the wrong color in the wrong neighborhood was disorderly enough to merit attention. This is not a fatal flaw in the book, nor in the idea of community policing, but establishing adequate internal controls and external oversight deserves much more attention.

3-0 out of 5 stars An Important book
This book established the notion of Zero Tolerance policing and is probably one of the more influential books on policing policy. Zero Tolerance policing is however a different concept from what the plain meaning of the words would suggest. The book basically argues against the techniques of policing developed in the 60's and argues for a more community based approach.

In the 1960's the structure of cities had changed from that of the thirties. Suburbs had increased the physical size of cities and made old policing techniques such as street patrols difficult due to the lack of sufficient police officers. To deal with this a form of policing based on rapid response to emergency calls was substituted. That is a central control room would receive telephone calls from the victims of crime and they would have power to send a squad care to deal with the emergency.

The authors of this book suggest that such a strategy has failed. They quote a number of reasons for that but broadly what they say is that by the time police arrive the person who has committed the crime has left. In previous years crime detection would occur because police had links with a community. People would tell them what happened and they could investigate crimes with the cooperation of communities. The rapid response policy had the effect of severing contacts between police and communities. Especially in black and immigrant communities police seem to be outsiders.

What the book suggests is that the key to combating crime is to prevent the sort of decay which allows the development of a criminal culture. The absence of police from an area allows people to start committing minor crimes. These can be fare evasion or breaking windows. The existence of broken windows acts as a signal to criminals that they can move in.

The book uses as a proof of this thesis the work of William Bratton who headed the Transit Police in New York. His technique was to try to remove all forms of petty crime including fair evasion and illegal squatting on the underground train platforms. As his officers arrested fair evaders they found that they were arresting people who had warrants out for their arrest or who were carrying firearms. The realization of the risk of arrest meant that serious offenders tended to stay clear of the subway system. This in turn led to a collapse not only of fair evasion and graffiti offences but of robberies and assaults. The book thus suggests that by a zealous approach to preventing all offending the prevention of more serious crime follows.

It is actually interesting to read Bratton's autobiography Turnaround to have him recount what happened on the subways. He describes the situation when he took over the Transit Police as a force in chaos. The officers simply had stopped arresting people. They were dispersed in such a way that it was easy for fare evaders to avoid them. The officers also had a sense of being an inferior part of the police because their weapons and cars were different from other parts of the police force.

Bratton organized to give them bigger guns and cars to rebuild their morale but he also insisted that they arrest people. The mechanics of arrest prior to Bratton taking over were that if an offender was arrested he would have to be taken to a court and charged. This mean that an arrest would take hours. What Bratton told his officers to do was to arrest one offender handcuff him to a fence and then arrest more. This meant that each officer could increase the rate of arrests by about eight times what had previously been possible. As the police started to find the people they arrested had warrants out for serious matters or that they possessed firearms their morale improved as they felt they were doing something important rather than raising ticket revenue. When Bratton moved on to run the New York Police he did similar things. That is he used labor saving techniques to maximize the availability of police on the streets and used neighborhood crime reports to concentrate them in areas where they were needed.

The reality is that Bratton rather than using a particular strategy or technique has in the case of the Transit Police taken over a unit that was very poorly run and from an objective point of view on its last legs. With such a poorly run unit it is not surprising that the subway system had such crime problems. From this point of view the book is somewhat flawed as it suggests a rather over simplistic solution is available to problems which are complex. Still and interesting and readable book and one that has generated much debate.

5-0 out of 5 stars Kelling & Coles Fix America's Cities
In 1982, Wilson and Kelling proposed a link between disorder and crime that they expressed through the metaphor of the "broken window." Leave the broken window unrepaired and soon the rest of the windows will be broken as well. Leave all the windows broken and the building becomes a signal to offenders that this place -- this street, neighborhood, city -- is a place in which disorder is accepted, or at least tolerated. Victimization and crime take root in such places. Malcolm Gladwell has more recently expressed this as the power of "context." (Tipping Point)

"Broken windows" over the intervening 18 years has become a commonplace of public policy. Most writers neglect even to cite Wilson and Kelling as its creator. However, as is the case when an attractive idea migrates from the terrain of scholars to the public marketplace, the notion has come to mean many different things for many different commentators.

IN FWB, Kelling & Coles set the definition stratight, in lucid, concrete policy analysis and writing. Most importantly, the book serves as a highly-readable manual for practitioners. The power of the idea is expressed through the success stories it has spwawned, from the NYC subways to the streets of Seattle. All serious students of public safety policy and the policing process must read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Follow up to the classic article he co-authored
In this book the authors provide a great historical overview of why social disorders are a precursor to more serious crime and need to be addressed by the "community" before more serious crime occurs. Given the wholesale movement to Community Based Policing this book is a great primer to those not yet exposed to the principles and uses some real life examples from the hard core. I'm a bit disappointed that the authors didn't explore more of the 'new' movement of Community Based Policing and how disorder plays a vital role in this philosophy. Also for any student of the movement some of the info is old hat and not as current as I would have liked to seen. The authors make a great case for how individual liberties may have to be curtailed for the good of the community and explores this dilemna quite fully. Great reading for a practioner ... Read more


104. Enforcing Ethics: A Scenario-Based Workbook for Police and Corrections Recruits, Officers and Supervisors, Second Edition
by Debbie J. Goodman
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Catlog: Book (2003-06-10)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Using a clear and concise format that is appropriate for the busy recruit or professional, this easy-to-read book provides realistic scenarios that present and encourage ethical behavior among police or corrections employees. Enforcing Ethics will encourage readers to think critically and carefully about their behavior, decisions, and values.It introduces readers to ethical encounters, 55 scenarios based upon realistic situations that may be encountered in the line of duty. Included are 50 questions that can be discussed among colleagues to further encourage understanding of ethics and ethical issues.For police or corrections recruits, officers, or supervisors. ... Read more


105. The Culture of Control : Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society
by David Garland
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Catlog: Book (2002-08-01)
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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The past 30 years have seen vast changes in our attitudes toward crime. More and more of us live in gated communities; prison populations have skyrocketed; and issues such as racial profiling, community policing, and "zero-tolerance" policies dominate the headlines. How is it that our response to crime and our sense of criminal justice has come to be so dramatically reconfigured? David Garland charts the changes in crime and criminal justice in America and Britain over the past twenty-five years, showing how they have been shaped by two underlying social forces: the distinctive social organization of late modernity and the neoconservative politics that came to dominate the United States and the United Kingdom in the 1980s.

Garland explains how the new policies of crime and punishment, welfare and security--and the changing class, race, and gender relations that underpin them--are linked to the fundamental problems of governing contemporary societies, as states, corporations, and private citizens grapple with a volatile economy and a culture that combines expanded personal freedom with relaxed social controls. It is the risky, unfixed character of modern life that underlies our accelerating concern with control and crime control in particular. It is not just crime that has changed; society has changed as well, and this transformation has reshaped criminological thought, public policy, and the cultural meaning of crime and criminals. David Garland's The Culture of Control offers a brilliant guide to this process and its still-reverberating consequences.
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106. Problem-Oriented Policing
by HermanGoldstein
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Asin: 0070236941
Catlog: Book (1990-03-01)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
Sales Rank: 119012
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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This book, written by one of the most highly respected scholars in the field of policing, presents a critical examination of current police policies and practices and calls for new solutions to the dilemmas we face. It emphasizes understanding the nature of our problems and creating organizational environments conducive to solving them. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars customer review
Professor Goldstein has written a thought provoking examination of how to improve policing. His book has inspired an international conference on Problem Oriented Policing held each year by the Police Executive Research Forum. Law enforcement agencies attend to hear examples of successful and unsuccessful attempts at problem solving. Using the concepts identified in this book and applying the problem solving approach to real world problems, agencies compete for the Herman Goldstein award honoring the very best in problem solving efforts. Goldstein advocates a best practices approach to analyzing police problems and applying effective solutions tailored to individual communities. Other authors have expanded on this problem-oriented approach, but Dr. Goldstein is the original and pioneer author in this field. Another recommended book expands on this topic, "Beyond 911, a new era for policing" by Malcolm Sparrow, Mark Moore and David Kennedy. ... Read more


107. Effective Police Leadership
by Thomas E. Baker, Daniel V. Fraustino
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Asin: 1889031259
Catlog: Book (2000-10-01)
Publisher: Looseleaf Law Publications
Sales Rank: 548416
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading for Police Managers
I was a little hesitant in purchasing this book since it was written by a military leader who likely operated in an environment where authoritarian leadership is the norm. My concern was unfounded. It is written for police leaders and in language that is easily understood. The author has some great insight into what it takes to be an effective leader. More importantly though, he gives some concrete examples and ideas on how to act as a leader. The case histories are based in hard reality with examples most police officers will be able to relate to. I really can't say enough good things about this book. It should be required reading for all police brass.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best study guide for police leadership!!!!
This book is such a great leadership review!
Anyone who reads this book should get a better understanding of how to become a great leader. The text is clear and to the point. After reading Baker's leadership book there is NO excuse for poor performance. It was nice to read a book that had all the information on this topic and was actually easy to comprehend.
If you don't get the principles of leadership after reading this book, you never will. I recommend it to my friends as the best study guide out there.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I give this police leadership book a 5-star rating. All the fundamentals are there in an easy-to-read format. This book makes a contribution to the field of law enforcement and I am glad that I had the opportunity to read it. The book encourages ethical police leadership and a sense of duty and honor.

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT POLICE LEADERSHIP BOOK!
EFFECTIVE POLICE LEADERSHIP is reader friendly, inspirational and includes case study applications. The book is a combination of relevant theories and practical applications. It meets the needs of the men and women of law enforcement and students interested in the field of criminal justice.

EFFECTIVE POLICE LEADERSHIP addresses two key leadership requirements: Character and Competence. The book provides police officers the navigational system for developing a can do attitude. The chapters and themes provide a compass for developing vision, inspiration and direction. This book offers practical techniques and can do leadership strategies for over-coming obstacles police leaders encounter everyday.

EFFECTIVE POLICE LEADERSHIP is for police officers and students who aspire to serve in a leadership capacity. This book is an excellent resource for studying future responsibilities and promotional opportunities. The book explores the roles of chief, senior leader, middle manager and sergeant. The chapters and themes develop essential leadership skills that encourage others to follow your leadership in the Twenty-First Century.

EFFECTIVE POLICE LEADERSHIP provides a framework for your professional leadership development. The book will help you answer three essential leadership questions: Where am I going? How will I get there? and How will I know when I have arrived?

This book offers practical guidelines. I believe this book inspires you to reach your fullest potential as an effective police leader. I encourage anyone interested in this topic to consider purchasing this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great leadership book
I enjoyed reading this informative book. I found it helpful. It guided me on how to become a better leader. I recommend this book. ... Read more


108. Criminal Justice in America : A Critical View
by Randall G. Shelden, William B. Brown
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5-0 out of 5 stars Review of Criminal Justice in America: A Critical View
This book provides the most realistic, introductory overview of criminal justice in America that I have ever seen. As a witness, student, and teacher of issues related to this field for many years, I have been consistently dismayed by the shallowness and lack of substantive material found in other works of this type. As well as what one would expect from such a book (e.g., explanations of the law, police, courts, theories of crime, how it is measured etc.), Shelden and Brown portray how criminal justice is affected by the politics, economics, and ideological underpinnings of the wider society and how these larger social forces are translated into the lives of real human beings. They do an excellent job of dispelling many of the popular myths that have helped create definitions of criminality, as well as legitimate what the system does as a response (e.g., all gang members or drug users are threatening and, therefore, deserve imprisonment). Ultimately, they illustrate how law and the system it upholds benefit some (the well off) at the expense of others (the poor and disadvantaged). Their extensive efforts give us a critical, well researched account of a system that is in dire need of change. Alternative conceptions of justice and viable solutions for change are, in fact, what they leave us with at the conclusion of their book. I give this book my highest recommendations.
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109. Presidential Leadership: Politics and Policy Making
by III, George C. Edwards, Stephen J. Wayne
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Catlog: Book (2002-08-08)
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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From routine operations to the workings of a White House in crisis, this comprehensive, best-selling text examines all facets of the presidency in rich detail. George C. Edwards and Stephen J. Wayne use an engaging combination of analytical prose and timely, fascinating examples to examine the presidency from two theoretical standpoints--the President as "facilitator," and the President as "director of change." Their theoretical (versus chronological) approach, combined with the currency and relevance of the material covered in the text, have made PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP: POLITICS AND POLICY MAKING the most comprehensive and best-selling text available today for your presidential studies course. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Presidential Text Around
This is an excellent text for anyone interested in political leadership. Both the beginner and anyone who wants a top notch reference text. I have owned dozens of books on the American presidency, I only buy one from the list to give as a gift to others: Edwards & Wayne's "Presidential Leadership." Buy it you will enjoy it. I am buying a new copy to replace my old copy, which is falling apart! ... Read more


110. Understanding Street Gangs
by Robert K. Jackson, Wesley D. McBride
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Catlog: Book (2000-01-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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UNDERSTANDING STREET GANGS offers a unique and pioneering approach to the street and prison gang dilemma and provides both local and national perspective. This popular book is used by colleges, universities, and academies, and also for advanced officer training throughout the country.The authors are leading authorities on gang activities. No other book offers such insight or understanding into this escalating threat. It covers causative factors, family structure and profiles, socioeconomic pressures, and drugs. It also defines gangs, membership, structure and organization, communication, and measurements of gang violence, offers perspective on gang activity, and suggests possible solutions. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good practical knowledge for training cops
I bought this book probably in '87 at Long Beach Uniform.It had good information at the time of publication concering the gangs in the greater LA area at the time.Gang associations, graffiti, turf, activity, and turfs are covered.Crimes known to be done by certain gangs are covered, heredity of the latino gangs, tattos, etc. are both covered and photos shown.
Seems like a good informational book with little narrative about what society should do about them.I was surprised I am the first reviewer of the book.I had thought a policeman or trainee would have long ago reviewed this book. ... Read more


111. Policing in the Community
by Dean John Champion, George E. Rush
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Catlog: Book (1996-11-13)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Provides extensive coverage of current practices and policies regarding policing in today's communities.This book is divided into four major parts, beginning with the background of policing in society and the exploration of police subcultures; police discretion and professionalism; police misconduct and its effect; and police/juvenile relations.Community Police and Police Administrators. ... Read more


112. The Counterterrorism Handbook: Tactics, Procedures, and Techniques, Second Edition
by Frank Bolz, Kenneth J. Dudonis, David P. Schulz, Frank, Jr. Bolz, Frank Counter-Terrorism Handbook Bolz
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Catlog: Book (2001-07-30)
Publisher: CRC Press
Sales Rank: 112830
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The only way to deal effectively with terrorism is to have a thorough understanding of its present-day characteristics. Who is involved and what weapons and tactics are they likely to use? The players on the counterterrorism team need to take stock of what is in their tool kits; what works and what doesn't work; and what new capabilities need to be developed in order to face not only today's terrorist, but tomorrow's as well.The Counterterrorism Handbook: Tactics, Procedures, and Techniques lays out a comprehensive strategy of how to deal with an entire range of possible terrorist incidents in a language friendly to first responders, policymakers, and security personnel. It covers everything from bombings and hostage-taking, to nuclear terrorism and what needs to be done before, during, and after an event.The authors each bring to the table unique insights and real-world experiences based on years in the counterterrorism field. Their hands-on knowledge of the topic infuse the book with a down-to-earth practicality often missing from other counterterrorism studies. The Counterterrorism Handbook: Tactics, Procedures, and Techniques is a must-read for anyone who may have to cope with a serious terrorist attack. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A book which should be read by all first responders...
This book gives you the vital information you need to perform your duties as a first responder as well as showing security and safety managers what is expected of them also. The information is given in bite size chunks so as to aid in the retention of the material. The pictures and tables are very helpful in getting the key ideas across. The case studies of both the Oklahoma and first WTC attack are noteworthy for their detail. If you are responsible for the safety of persons or a first responder this is one book you should read and take to heart. ... Read more


113. The Crime Fighter : Putting the Bad Guys Out of Business
by JACK MAPLE, CHRIS MITCHELL
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Catlog: Book (2000-10-17)
Publisher: Broadway
Sales Rank: 70598
Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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Former NYPD Deputy Commissioner Jack Maple was a man in a bow tie and homburg--he was also on a mission to revolutionize the way crime is fought: how cops go after crooks, and how they prevent crime in the first place. And he succeeded.

But Maple is not satisfied. In The Crime Fighter, he shows how crime can be attacked all across America. Laced with fascinating, incredible, and often very funny tales of Maple's adventures as a cop, the book is as entertaining as it is informative. Anyone interested in how criminals think and act, and how the police should do their jobs, will devour this absorbing book.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Common Sense Approach to Policing and Managing
Jack Maple's book is both informative and fun reading. with his professional experience as a valuable resource, Maple's book is full of examples of how to lower crime and boost police/community morale. this book explains how to simplify the complicated and bureaucratic approach that many police departments take.maple's book raises many management theories that are important for any successful organization to be familiar with. (i.e. micromanaging vs. macromanaging in " The One Minute Manager", to a degree,and the breaking ball plus theory, a relative of the broken windows theory and other common sense theories) Maple also expounds on the need for managers to be leaders and not coaches and how leaders must allow for innovation in the lower ranks while letting subordinates know their bosses are familiar with their plight. Maple asserts that settling for less can become a cancer on any organization. for example, Maple argues that 10% of cops do 90% of the crime fighting. The Crime Fighter is an educational " page turner". To read it is to enjoy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well-Written and Highly Informative
Engaging stories from Maple's career as a detective for
the NY Transit Police, deputy commissioner of NYPD, and
consultant to Newark, Philadelphia, and New Orleans police
departments make this a very interesting read. The fact
that the problems and solutions discussed are relevant to
other cities - not just NYC - broadens the appeal of this
book. While some of the principles will apply to smaller
police jurisdictions, the context of all examples is with
large cities.

The subtitle "How You Can Make Your Community Crime-Free"
is a bit misleading, as this book is really about how the
police can make your community crime-free. Deploying
resources based analysis of crime tracking, holding
commanders accountable for reducing crime in their
districts, auditing against falsifying crime reports
to artificially improve statistics, having "cold case
squads" take over unsolved cases, interrogation strategy,
rooting out bad cops, and respect for citizens are
among the many topics covered.

I chose to read this book because the author, Jack Maple,
was an interesting character in the book Turnaround by
William Bratton; Bratton shook up several underperforming
police departments including the NYPD and Maple was key
player on his "dream team."

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
The is the BEST book about effectively fighting crime that I have ever read. Every Cop nationwide should read it, study it, and implement Maples' statagies. The Bad Guys will never know what hit em. God bless Jack Maple for his inspiration. Rest in peace Jackster.

5-0 out of 5 stars Do you want to fight crime?: Then read this book
This is the best book on policing that I have ever read. It is not some boring textbook written by some college professor who has never made an arrest or even ridden in a police car. This book is informative, humorous and entertaining. Maple lays out a crime fighting strategy in an easy-to-understand, common sense manner. He also gives a few tips on the tactics to be employed using his strategy.

The main point of his strategy: Map out the crime in your jurisdiction by location and time and deploy your forces to those locations. "Put cops on dots" and then hold people accountable for the crime rates in their areas of responsibility. It is a simple idea but it has hardly been employed by police agencies in the United States.

Maple tells police managers how to proceed and how to get past problems in implementing the strategy. He then gives the reader tactics to use to catch even more crooks, including systematically turning each arrest into an opportunity to find other criminals, drug dealers and illegal guns.

This book should become part of every police academy curriculum and added to every police promotional reading list. It is really that good.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Crime Fighter
Sadly, we lost Jack Maple a week or so ago to colon cancer, at the young age of 48. His work in NY or in the reinvention of the New Orleans Police Department will long be remembered. This book is mandatory reading for anyone interested in policing and discovering COMPSTAT and it's new role in law enforcement. Jack's looking down on us from Heaven in his spectator shoes, wondering how an old "Cave Cop" got up so high. Peace be with him. ... Read more


114. Good Cops: The Case for Preventive Policing
by David A. Harris
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Catlog: Book (2005-03-14)
Publisher: New Press
Sales Rank: 92034
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A new, preventive approach to reducing crime from the renowned expert on policing.

Police departments across the country have begun to embrace a new approach to law enforcement based on accountability to citizens, better leadership, and collaboration with the communities they serve. Standing in marked contrast to "Ashcroft policing," these new strategies are exactly what police need both to make the streets of our cities and towns safer and to prevent terrorism. David Harris, law professor and nationally known expert on police profiling, has spent the last five years visiting police forces and collecting examples of smart, progressive law enforcement. Drawing on successful strategies currently in use in Detroit, Boston, San Diego, and other cities and towns all over the country, all of which have reduced crime without infringing on civil rights, Harris here unveils the concept of "preventive policing," a term he has coined to meld these strategies into a new vision for good cops.

From preventive policing's founding principles to its real-world applications, Harris shows that the solutions to reducing crime, fighting terror, and preserving civil liberties are within reach —if only the Department of Justice will listen. ... Read more


115. NYPD: Stories of Survival from the World's Toughest Beat
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Catlog: Book (2002-11-01)
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press
Sales Rank: 59530
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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New York has always inspired larger-than-life tales and great writing—but on the topic of cops and crime it provides more raw material than almost anywhere else. A long history of classic films, television hits, and of course, books, have turned the New York City Police Department into a symbol for the dark drama of urban police work. And the rich and colorful vein of literature which has grown up around this culture makes NYPD not only a gripping read but a literary tour de force. Adrenaline Books takes you inside this gritty, tough life of being a cop in New York City. In addition to works by best-selling authors such as Peter Maas and Tom Wolfe, the book will include selections that offer a broad and deep look at the department’s many faces: Carsten Stroud tells what it’s like to track down a killer; Richard Rosenthal offers a sense of the pressures and risks of going undercover; and Bill McCarthy and Mike Mallowe offer a guided tour of the city’s dregs and the pressures of working with its hardest cases. Philip Gourevitch’s account of a cop’s dedicated efforts to resurrect a cold case; Marcus Laffey’s already near-classic articles on life as a patrolman; and Peter Hellman’s best-seller Chief, written with an NYPD chief of detectives help round out this fascinating view of the NYPD and the forces that have made it such a compelling subject for so many good writers. " ... Try Adrenaline Books.... In three years, this 20-volume anthology series has earned a cult following."—ESPN the Magazine ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great read for those thinking of becoming a officer
The stories in this book tells the many different aspects of policing. From stories of ghetto cops,corrupt cops, draft riots, hero cops, and many more. I myself am planning to become a cop, and these stories help me realize what it takes and what i will be dealing with.
If you are thinking of becoming a cop, or like cop stories, you must pick up this book, its simply great.

5-0 out of 5 stars Covers a wide spectrum........
I've just started reading this book about 3 days ago and it's already given me much pleasure. As a police sergeant and a former NYC resident, I have to smile at the dry no bull section on ghetto policing and I'm in awe when I read the story about the draft riot in New York. It is hard to believe that the city was the stage of what amounted to an all out war within it's boundries!

If you like police stories and you love New York, then I know you'll enjoy this one!

4-0 out of 5 stars NYPD not so blue!
The collection of stories here ranges from excellent to, in my opinion, weak. The modern stories of ghetto policing is as equally exciting as the riots of the Gangs of New York. However there is a secion about murders in the 1800's where no one is captured. This is weak and offers lots of ifs and buts as to the identities of the killers. The piece on Justin Volpe just stops offering no conclusion to those not already familiar with the case. A good read but could offer a whole lot more.

5-0 out of 5 stars You won't be able to put it down, but you should know this -
it's a terrific book, with no weak stories, but they are NOT the ones listed above in the editorial review. Enlarge the cover photo - those are the writers you'll see. There's nothing by Maas, Wolfe, Stroud, Hellman, etc. I don't know where that other list came from. The stories included, though, are gritty and compelling. I liked the one by Joe Poss so much that I have already ordered a copy of his out-of-print book. I consider myself to have read a lot of NYPD stories and I had seen none of these before. The variety has always been the greatest thing about the Adrenaline series - my shelves now have many books I first "met" through this series. Anyway - no weak sisters here; it's all strong stuff, from the late 1800's to very current events (no WTC). There are 12 entries - three authors each wrote two, but you won't care - when the cops themselves write you feel like you're sitting next to them in the car. A great gift, one of the series' best volumes. ... Read more


116. Police Officer Exam (Barron's How to Prepare for the Police Officer Examination)
by Donald J. Schroeder, Frank A. Lombardo
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Catlog: Book (2004-11-26)
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
Sales Rank: 32519
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Updated to reflect the most recent exams given across North America, this test prep manual presents four full-length practice exams with all questions answered and fully explained. Tests include two that were actually given by the New York City Police Department. Brand-new in this edition is a completely new diagnostic exam. It contains the latest question types found on recent police entry-level exams and guides candidates in quickly directing and focusing their study efforts. Other helpful features include instruction on writing police reports, advice on making the right impression at an admissions interview, an overview of police officers’ responsibilities, and additional practice questions with answers, which follow in-depth explanations of each question type normally found on official police officer exams. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Excellant
I wanted to prepare as much as possible when it comes to becoming a cop. I had got this book because I wanted to learn more and know what I would be getting in an exam. When I flipped through this manual I was in total shock. I have never seen or read so much detailed information in my life. You can't go wrong with this book.

They help you understand police forms, legal definitions, preparation for oral exams, writing reports, how to take tests, police procedures and so on. This book isn't just about the exams. This book actually briefs you on becoming a cop and some of the things that you're gona come across or have to face. I got way more than I paid for.

This book is pretty cheap for so much information.

3-0 out of 5 stars VERY Informative
The best thing that you can do for yourself is find out what is on the test that you'll be taking. I used this book to study and the test i took couldn't have been further from the topics discussed in this book. It is a great way to get yourself to study better and think more bout the answers you give.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good preparation - even more than necessary
I used this book to prepare for the LAPD application process, and while the practice questions are great in getting you in the cop-mindset, many of them are much more detailed and police-oriented than the real thing. There's a good section that gets you ready for the oral interview, though, which adds value to the book.

I'd recommend this to anyone needing practice prior to the written and oral police exams - better to use this and be over-prepared!

5-0 out of 5 stars One of many good books that can get you into law enforcement
Barron's Police Officer Exam book is another example of the kind of quality Barron's is known for. I also used Barron's "How to Prepare for the GMAT" before I took - and passed - the FBI Phase I exam. Two books by Thomas H. Ackerman are also very helpful if you are seeking federal law enforcement employment, including "FBI Careers" and "Guide to Careers in Federal Law Enforcement." All of these books can give you an edge on other applicants, which is what you need to be competitive and get hired.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I scored 98% with just one week of reading this book.Recommended for anyone who is serious about becoming a Police Officer.This is the best study guide for the Police exam. ... Read more


117. Police Supervision and Management: In An Era of Community Policing, Second Edition
by Kenneth J. Peak, Larry K. Gaines, Ronald W. Glensor
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Catlog: Book (2003-06-19)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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118. Street Stories: The World of Police Detectives
by Robert Jackall
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-30)
Publisher: Harvard University Press
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Detectives work the streets--an arena of action, vice, lust, greed, aggression, and violence--to gather shards of information about who did what to whom. They also work the cumbersome machinery of the justice system--semi-military police hierarchies with their endless jockeying for prestige, procedure-driven district attorney offices, and backlogged courts--transforming hard-won street knowledge into public narratives of responsibility for crime. Street Stories, based on years of fieldwork with the New York City Police Department and the District Attorney of New York, examines the moral ambiguities of the detectives' world as they shuttle between the streets and a bureaucratic behemoth.

In piecing together street stories to solve intriguing puzzles of agency and motive, detectives crisscross the checkerboard of urban life. Their interactions in social strata high and low foster cosmopolitan habits of mind and easy conversational skills. And they become incomparable storytellers. This book brims with the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction violence of the underworld and tells about a justice apparatus that splinters knowledge, reduces life-and-death issues to arcane hair-splitting, and makes rationality a bedfellow of absurdity.

Detectives' stories lay bare their occupational consciousness--the cunning and trickery of their investigative craft, their self-images, moral rules-in-use, and judgments about the players in their world--as well as their personal ambitions, sensibilities, resentments, hopes, and fears. When detectives do make cases, they take satisfaction in removing predators from the streets and helping to ensure public safety. But their stories also illuminate dark corners of a troubled social order.

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119. Key Correctional Issues
by Roslyn Muraskin
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120. Practical Aspects of Rape Investigation: A Multidisciplinary Approach, Third Edition
by Robert R. Hazelwood, Ann Wolbert Burgess
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Catlog: Book (2001-04-25)
Publisher: CRC Press
Sales Rank: 164330
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Less than half of all rapes believed to occur are reported to law enforcement, and of those assailants arrested even fewer are convicted of rape. This problem is now being addressed by all professions whose work brings them into contact with the victim or the offender. This Third Edition of Practical Aspects of Rape Investigation: A Multidisciplinary Approach is just that: a multidisciplinary approach. It brings into focus the five different principals involved in rape investigation: the police investigator, the examining nurse, the forensic scientist, the crisis counselor, and the prosecutor. It demonstrates how each must work together for more effective handling of all kinds of sexual assault crimes.Extensive reorganization of this new edition divides the book into four sections: oThe victim. Look at rape and the contemporary issues of rape through the victim's perspective. This section also discusses Victim Care Services and the Comprehensive Sexual Assault Assessment Tool (CSAAT).oThe investigation. Examine situations you might encounter during an investigation such as types of offenders, motivations, false allegations and false confessions, profiling the offender, child molestation, and the maligned investigator.oForensics and court. Learn what constitutes physical evidence and how to recover it, trial preparation and trial tactic issues, and the forensic examination of sexual assault victims. Everything you need to prosecute a rape case successfully is presented in this section.oSpecial populations. The world of rape has its special offenders. Focus on some of them -- juvenile sexual offenders, female sexual offenders, gerophiles, serial rapists and sexual sadists. This section also includes information on sexual predators in nursing homes.New areas of interest also include delayed reporting and mental retardation. Like both earlier editions, this third edition represents a major commitment by its authors to present the most current knowledge for the investigation and prosecution of rape cases. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars For those interested in Profiling/Criminal Investigation
This book is about as good as it gets. It covers all the bases an investigator should know about sexual assualt and gives you insite into the criminal mind. I also recommened the Crime Classification Manuel by Douglas, burgess, etc and Criminal Profiling 2nd edt. by Brent Turvey.

5-0 out of 5 stars A bible for Forsenic examiners
As a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, I found this book to be filled with vital information. This book was required reading for a forensic's class, it was anything but.. I highly recommend this book to professionals in this field, but also anyone who is interested in true crime and studying behaviors.

5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Resource Book
Written by some of the leading professionals in the field, this book serves as an excellent resource book for any profesional working in the field of sexual assault investigations. It covers victimology, interview, crime scene considerations, SANE/SART programs and protocols. Criminal Investigative Analysis, Indirect Personality Assessment. Includes exhaustive references. This is the first book to buy to start your own referrence library. A must for the novice and experienced professional alike.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Tool for Investigation and Research
Hazelwood and Burgess provide the novice and the seasoned investigator with vital information about rape investigation and rapists.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Criminal Profiling/ Rape Investigation Text
Practical Aspects of Rape Investigation is probably the best multi-disciplinary rape investigator's text in existence, and certainly the most comprehensive psychological profiling guide that is available in print. It takes you from the myths and the physical evidence collection, up through the profiling process. It's also very heavily focused on victim's issues which are incredibly important, and very often overlooked or misunderstood. I use this book for our online serial rape investigation book, and I can think of no better student or professional text on non-homicidal serial crime. However, the information is useful for rape-homicides as well. Brent E. Turvey, MS, Criminal Profiler, Knowledge Solutions ... Read more


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