An Introduction to Policing

  • AUTHORS: John S. Dempsey; Linda S. Forst
  • ISBN-13: 9781111137724 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 704 Pages  Paperback 
  • 6th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2010, 2008, 1999
  • ©2012     Published
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About The Product

AN INTRODUCTION TO POLICING, 6th edition, gives your students a real world introduction to policing. The authors of this book are veterans of law enforcement with extensive experience in all areas of policing. Their insight provides your students with a solid blend of practical information and theory, with an emphasis on current issues and topics, like Homeland Security. Your students will find the latest in academic and practitioner research, as well as the latest applications, statistics, court cases and information on careers. They will also find such important current topics as economic and budget issues and their impact on police hiring and staffing, the nationwide efforts to combat "distracted driving", and the "sovereign citizens" movement. The latest advances in technology are also covered from mobile fingerprint reading devices to computer and digital forensics. AN INTRODUCTION TO POLICING, 6th edition, is a "must read" for your students considering a career in law enforcement.


  • "Guest Lectures" written by practitioners in the field on special areas of interest, including the border patrol and the impact of Homeland Security on small-town forces.
  • "You Are There" invites readers into detailed examinations of historical policing events.
  • "On the Job" draws on the experience of both authors to describe what it is like to pursue a career in policing.
  • Review Exercises and Web Exercises at the end of each chapter encourage readers to apply the concepts covered.
  • Expanded discussions of diversity that detail the history of women and minorities in policing and the landmark Bowers and Lawrence cases affecting gay officers.
  • The Homeland Security Chapter provides information on the emergence of the concept of homegrown terrorists, as well as updated information about most recent terrorist attacks.
  • Definitions of Key terms within each chapter, where the terms first appear in the text.
  • End-of-chapter references allow for a quick and easy way to find additional information on key topics.

About the Contributor

  • 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.

Table of Contents

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 Community.
12. Community Policing: The Debate Continues.
13. Police and the Law.
14. Computers, Technology, and Criminalistics in Policing.
15. Homeland Security.

New to this Edition

  • Eliminates the topic of private security to focus more on other critical issues in law enforcement.
  • Contains completely updated references and statistics.
  • Expanded discussions of current topics including economic and budget issues and their impact on police hiring and staffing; the nationwide efforts to combat "distracted driving"; the "sovereign citizens" movement and more.