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"Transforming the Police" book cover with cogs on cover
Published: 
January 2020
Publisher: 
Waveland Press
ISBN: 
978-1-4786-3998-5

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Transforming the Police

Thirteen Key Reforms
Edited by: 
Charles M. Katz
Edward R. Maguire

In an age of intensified public debate about the role of police officers, more law-enforcement agencies rely on evidence-based policing to help officers perform their duties. In a new book, written by faculty members, alumni, and current and former doctoral students in ASU’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, authors offer fresh research-based perspectives for law-enforcement officials to use toward making better-informed decisions about running their agencies and how to best apply strategies and tactics.

Authors provide keen insights based on social science and medical research evidence’s response to major changes policing has undergone in recent years.

In the book, authors recommend that law-enforcement agencies:

  • Adopt evidence-based policing.
  • Implement collaborative strategic crime control strategies.
  • Institutionalize procedural justice.
  • Reduce unnecessary use of force.
  • Reduce racial inequities in police practices.
  • Consider options for increasing civilian oversight of the police.
  • Implement a body-worn camera program.
  • Improve prevention of police-involved arm through sentinel event reviews.
  • Build police-research partnerships to advance policing.
  • Build momentum for police reform through organizational justice.
  • Improve officer health and wellness.
  • Improve the policing of crowds.
  • Increase efficiency of police response to sexual assaults.

Each chapter is accompanied by a short video summary featuring an author explaining the chapter’s most important takeaways.

Bio

Charles M. Katz is professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University and director of ASU's Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety.

Edward R. Maguire is professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University and associate director of ASU's Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety.