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1 Aug 2008
This new edition of the Handbook of Policing updates and expands the highly successful first edition, and now includes a completely new chapter on policing and forensics. It provides a comprehensive, but highly readable overview of policing in the UK, and is an essential reference point combining the expertise of leading academic experts on policing and policing practitioners themselves.

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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Willan; 2 edition (1 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843923238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843923237
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 16.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A major contribution to the study of policing in the UK ... authoritative, interesting and extremely wide ranging.'  Sir Ian Blair, Former Commissioner, Metropolitan Police

'The most comprehensive treatment ever published on the issues facing British police in the 21st century. Indispensable reading for students, leaders, critics and supporters of the police.'  Professor Lawrence W. Sherman, President, International Society of Criminology

'The Handbook is indubitably the most comprehensive, authoritative, scholarly and up-to-date overview of policing in the UK and an essential read for anyone with a stake or interest in policing issues.'  Mathew Bacon, University of Sheffield, Reviewed in The Howard Journal Vol 48 No 3. July 2009

About the Author

Tim Newburn is Professor of Criminology and Social Policy, and Director of the Mannheim Centre for Criminology, London School of Economics. He is currently President of the British Society of Criminology. Tim is the author or editor of over 30 books, the most recent of which are The Politics of Crime Control (edited with Paul Rock, Oxford University Press 2006); Policy Transfer and Criminal Justice (with Trevor Jones, Open University Press 2007); and the Handbook of Criminal Investigation (co-edited with Tom Williamson and Alan Wright, Willan Publishing 2007).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very, Very Good 5 Jan 2004
As I prepare to join Hampshire Police in a few months, I have been spending a fortune on books. Most of what I have either found myself or had recommended has been of a reference nature, but I really wanted something to give me both some background of and insight into modern policing in the UK. Most of what pops up in a search seems on a level with "The Bill Annual", and I had almost given up when I found this excellent volume.
The editor has pulled together an eclectic selection of academics and serving officers which combine to give what seems a perfect picture of the current state of the police service and how it got there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book covers a whole range of issues involved in poling, for its size its not to expensive either. I found it very helpful when writing my dissertation on 'the role of the police', it avoids academic jargon and makes pretty easy reading, yet at the same time it's not over simplistic. A great book to have if you're interested in looking at the police from a sociological perspective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HANDBOOK of POLICING 27 Dec 2008
The Handbook of Policing (2nd Ed)eighthundred and seventyfive pages, is essential reading for all those engaged with policing and other areas of the Criminal Justice system and students researching policing in the UK. This is a fantastic update on the first edition producing an additional onehundred and eighteen pages. It is unquestionably the most up-to-date volume on policing issues in the UK. It is divided into four major sections. These cover relationship with other forms of policing in the private sector, how todays police operate, police cultures, police powers, crime reduction and community safety, crime analysis and investigation, drugs, police usage of firearms, terrorism and importantly police accountability and policing in the future. Many other aspects of policing are covered.

This is a wellset out publication, easy to read, with excellent references and index.

Ken Rogers MA (Criminology) FIISec.MIIRSM. Member editorial boards 'Professional Security' 'Protecting Citizens Worldwide' (PCW)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book 22 Mar 2010
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I bought this before joining the police but many of the topics were over my head at that time. However having been in the service for a number of years I continue to revist the book as it covers a number of themes/topics which are of cental importance to policing. The book is well laid out and the various chapters include contributions from prominant auhtors in that particular field of study. The book has now been superceded by an updated version and I cannot recommend it highly enough to anyone with an academic interest in policing.

The service put me through a foundation degree in policing studies and this book was more than helpful on many an occasion. Well written and laid out. This is one of those books that you realise just how good it is the more you revist it and delve deeper into policing. Anyone with an interest in the criminal justice system and police should get this read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 9 Nov 2009
This is just what i needed and it is very useful. Came just as described. Would use again.
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