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The New Policing

The New Policing

December 2006 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The New Policing provides a comprehensive introduction to the critical issues confronting policing today. It incorporates an overview of traditional approaches to the study of the police with a discussion of current perspectives. The book goes on to examine key themes, including:
  • The core purpose of contemporary policework
  • The reconfiguration of police culture
  • Organizational issues and dilemmas currently confronting the police
  • The managerial reforms and professional innovations that have been implemented in recent years
  • The future of policing, security, and crime control

In offering this discussion of the nature and role of the police, The New Policing illustrates the need to re-examine and re-think the theoretical perspectives that have constituted policing studies. Examining evidence from the U.K., the USA, and other western societies, the book promotes and enables an understanding of the cultural and symbolic significance of policing in society.

This ground-breaking text has been constructed to ensure that it touches on all the key issues that any course on police and policing will cover. It will be an essential purchase for all students of policing and criminal justice, and academics and professionals working in this field.

Cultural construction of the English Police
The iconic PC:
George Dixon

The Blue Lamp
The Murder of PC George Dixon
Michael Banton and The Policeman in the Community
Policing British Pre-Modernity
Policing American Modernity
Policing British Modernity
Traditional Perspectives

Ethnographic Perspectives
Marxist Perspectives
Administrative Perspectives
Left realist Perspectives
New Perspectives

Security Governance
The future configuration of Policing
Global Securitzation
Insecurities of the Metropolis
The Bright Blue Lamp
The Dimming Blue Lamp
Relighting the Blue Lamp?
Cultural Disintegration: the broken 'spectacle' of policing
Policing the multi-cultural society
Beyond Scarman
Macpherson and 'Institutional Racism'
Beyond Macpherson
The Secret Policeman
Explaining Racist Culture
De-contaminating Racist Culture
Officer Level Accountability
Force Level Accountability
Democratic Accountability
'New Localism'
The darkening skies over the metropolis
The rules have changed
Policing the post 7/7 Terrorist Threat

What kind of police force do we want? 2012 Vision

'A lucid, comprehensive and stimulating state-of-the-art analysis of the bewilderingly complex contemporary changes in policing. This will be a standard resource for students and scholars of policing for a long time to come.' -
Robert Reiner, Professor of Criminology
London School of Economics and Political Science

'Highly original, The New Policing is a significant contribution whose implications extend well beyond the British context and reflect on contemporary policing across the English-speaking world.' -
Pat O’Malley
Canada Research Chair in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Carleton University, Canada

'Deeply informed, penetrating, challenging and readable. Eugene McLaughlin analyses 'the state we're in' with respect to policing' -
P.A.J. Waddington, Professor of Political Sociology
University of Reading, UK

'The landscape of police and policing is rapidly changing. McLaughlin locates this change in the media imagery of policing and in the very real fragmented, global context of contemporary policing. When I got to the end, I wanted the debate to continue. This book is valuable in taking our discussions about policing and policing from a clear documentation of how much has changed in policing England and Wales in the last 20 years.' -
Elizabeth Stanko

Excellent book, well structured and ideal for students on my course.

Mr Peter Norton
Uniformed public services, Sheffield College
March 20, 2014

I use this text to support my teaching of policing and police powers.

It's a highly useful addition to the set books I recommend to students to understand the context in which policing takes place.

Mr Graham Hooper
Department of Law and Criminal Justice, Canterbury Christ Church University
February 27, 2014

A comprehensive analysis of the contemporary changes in policing. A useful text for students studying policing.

Mr Mark Flippance
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
December 1, 2013

A valuable and excellent text that examines the changing landscape of policing.

Miss Sumiyya Shafiq
Criminology and Community Justice, Sheffield Hallam University
February 9, 2013

This text addressses the challenges facing contemporary policing within the context of historical representations. It encompasses the social and cultural aspects of policing - as well as the theoretical.

Ms Diane Jones
Department of Criminology, University of Leicester
January 18, 2013

A must read for students studying criminology and criminal justice, especially those who have chosen policing models. It provides thought provoking analysis of contemporary policing and the constant changes that it faces.

Dr Mark Hawes
Ctr for Criminal Justice & Criminology, Swansea University
July 19, 2012

An absolutely excellent book, vital to any student studying Police Services as part of their undergraduate course. It is extremely informative and asks students to consider policing services in a number of diverse ways. A book that is hard to put down once you start reading it!

Mrs Fiona Porter
Dept of Social Sciences & Humanities, Bradford University
June 28, 2012

An excellent read, very thorough and I shall be recommending it to all my students

Mr Peter Norton
Uniformed public services, Sheffield College
September 8, 2011

This books charts the crucial issues and debates surrounding contemporary polcing, including the framework of policng, security, regulation and governance.

Mr Stephen Whattam
applied criminal justice studies, university of bradford
August 29, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

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Chapter One PDF

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