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Welcome to the website for Gaines, Kappeler: Policing in America, 8th Edition.

Key Features

  • In full color, including photographs and illustrations.
  • Video links provide additional coverage of topics discussed in the text.
  • Learning objectives, critical thinking questions, and review questions in every chapter help to reinforce key concepts.
  • Updated figures and “Myths and Realities of Policing” boxes provide important context.
  • Includes all-new content, such as further coverage of violent crime reduction programs, gangs, and drug use.
  • Access to student and instructor ancillaries, including Self-Assessments, Case Studies, Test Bank, and PowerPoint Lecture Slides.


In the field of law enforcement in the United States, it is essential to know the contemporary problems being faced and combine that knowledge with empirical research and theoretical reasoning to arrive at best practices and an understanding of policing. Policing in America, Eighth Edition, provides a thorough analysis of the key issues in policing today, and offers an issues-oriented discussion focusing on critical concerns such as personnel systems, organization and management, operations, discretion, use of force, culture and behavior, ethics and deviance, civil liability, and police-community relations. A critical assessment of police history and the role politics played in the development of American police institutions is also addressed, as well as globalization, terrorism, and homeland security.