Frontline Policing in the 21st Century

Mastery of Police Patrol

  • Sheldon F. Greenberg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 553-566

About this book


This book provides the “how to’s” of police patrol, focusing on how officers on the front line perform their duties (covering both skills and techniques), meet day-to-day challenges, and manage the tasks and risks associated with modern police patrol. Drawing on theory, research, and the experience of numerous practitioners, it provides practical daily checklists and guidance for delivering primary police services: 

• Conducting mobile and foot patrols

• Completing a preliminary investigation

• Canvassing a neighborhood 

• Developing street contacts

• Building and sustaining trust

• Delivering death notifications, and more. 

It features interviews with front line officers, as well as both police chiefs and supervisors to examine the role of police officers in the 21st century and their partnership with, and accountability to, the communities they serve. In addition, this book explores how modern policing has evolved by examining the research, innovation, tradition, and technology upon which it is based. It provides new perspectives and ideas as well as basic knowledge of daily practices, offering value to new and experienced police and security personnel alike; students in criminal justice, law and public safety; community leaders; and others involved in advancing police operations and community well-being.  


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Authors and affiliations

  • Sheldon F. Greenberg
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  1. 1.School of EducationJohns Hopkins University ColumbiaUSA

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