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Aspects of Police Work

NCJ Number
E Bittner
Date Published
416 pages
This volume presents 14 of the author's essays, monographs, reviews, and talks on policing that were developed and issued over the last 25 years, together with an introduction that links the author's past research with current developments such as community policing and problem-oriented policing.
Individual papers consider the basic character of police work, its relationship to the courts and community, and the wide range of functions performed by street-level police officers. Additional papers focus on police work related to juveniles, police discretion in the emergency apprehension of mentally ill persons, and the role of research regarding police work. Further writings explore the conflicting demands made upon the police by their formal mandate, public expectations, and the nature of both the organization of which they are a part and the larger legal system in which they operate. The discussions emphasize the peacekeeping functions of the police and reflect extensive direct observations of police on duty. Index, chapter notes, and reference lists. (Publisher summary modified)


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