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The encyclopedia of American law enforcement

by Newton, Michael, 1951-

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Closed Reference (Please ask for assistance) rq HV8133.N48 2007bx
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Closed Reference (Please ask for assistance)
Call Number  rq HV8133.N48 2007bx
Written in a clear and engaging style, ""The Encyclopedia of American Law Enforcement"" gives the official low-down on the exciting world of law enforcement, providing an A-to-Z history of the police and law enforcement authorities in the United States - from the 17th century to the present. With more than 600 entries, this book goes behind the scenes and takes a closer look at this exciting topic. Biographical information on figures such as U.S. attorney generals and FBI directors, various police chiefs and commissioners, sheriffs, criminologists, detectives, and victims are also included. This amazing volume is perfect for anyone interested in law enforcement and its role throughout history. The coverage includes: all major federal law enforcement agencies; at least one police department from each state; biographies of key figures; civil rights and social issues; community outreach efforts; famous or infamous incidents and scandals; law enforcement campaigns, such as the war on drugs; police codes, organization, and jargon; police tactics and special units; types of crime; and, women in law enforcement.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This first-ever A-Z overview of local, state, and federal police work contains 654 entries on 149 law enforcement agencies (for example, Chicago Police Department, North Carolina Highway Patrol); 363 significant individuals (Earp brothers; Hoover, J. Edgar; King, Rodney); 119  general subjects (Arson, Forensic science, Radar/lidar law enforcement applications); and 20 famous or notorious incidents (Haymarket bombing, Ludlow Massacre). The time period covered is from early America through the present. Author Newton, who has also produced encyclopedias on high-tech crime fighting, serial murders, and kidnappings, notes that the current work does not seek to sugarcoat history or scandalize. In fact, the title could be extended to and Malfeasance because of the many instances in which law enforcement has broken the law at all levels. Information is accurate, when compared with other sources, and generally current although a number of biographical entries are missing birth and death dates. Entries are concise but longer when necessary, such as separate articles on the FBI and COINTELPRO, the bureau's counterintelligence program. Cross references and a number of illustrations add to the book's usefulness. Although there are no source notes at the end of entries, the   bibliography leads users further and is current. Appendixes on police academies in each state and law enforcement agency Web sites (local, state, and federal) are helpful, and the index is accurate. The work is recommended for public libraries of all sizes as well as college libraries. Libraries needing a more scholarly source should consider Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement (Sage, 2005).--Meyers, Arthur Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Law enforcement -- United States -- Encyclopedias.
Law enforcement -- United States -- History -- Encyclopedias.
Police -- United States -- Encyclopedias.
Police -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Checkmark Books,2007
Language English
Description vi, 424 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 400-405) and index.
ISBN 0816062919 (pbk.)
9780816062911 (pbk.)
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