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These are tumultuous times for policing in America. Deadly use of force by the police in large and small cities across the United States has led to protests, riots, and heated debates. Public criticism of policing, however, goes well beyond use of deadly force.
Technological advances in law enforcement can serve many goals related to both police accountability and public safety, but these advances also create a new set of issues and unintended consequences that policymakers should consider.
The Cambridge Handbook of Policing in the United States provides a comprehensive collection of essays on police and policing, written by leading experts in political theory, sociology, criminology, economics, law, public health, and critical theory. It unveils a range of experiences - from the police chief of a major metropolitan force to ordinary people targeted for policing on the street - and asks important questions about whether and why we need the police, before analyzing the law of policing, police use of force, and police violence, paying particular attention to the issue of discrimination against marginalized and vulnerable communities at the blunt end of police interference. The book also discusses technological innovations and proposals for reform. Written in accessible language, this interdisciplinary work will be a valuable resource for anyone interested in understanding the present and future of policing in the United States.
Our goal in the Cambridge Handbook of Policing in the United States is to provide a variety of different perspectives on the types of police organization, practice of policing, and the law of the police in the United States.