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Rethinking and Reforming American Policing

Leadership Challenges and Future Opportunities

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Includes topics such as policing protests, policing and race, and officer well-being

  • Presents practitioner and academic perspectives, written accessibly

  • Argues that major changes are needed; most texts focus on preserving tradition in stable times

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Thinking About Police Crisis and Reform

    • Joseph A. Schafer, Richard W. Myers
    Pages 1-29
  3. Reflections of a Frontline Police Officer

    • Peter Tomitsch
    Pages 105-119
  4. City Manager’s Role in Policing Reforms

    • James M. Bourey
    Pages 121-142
  5. Police Reform Needs Women: Gender Equity as Cultural Change

    • Samantha S. Clinkinbeard, Rachael M. Rief
    Pages 143-174
  6. Finding a Way to Survive: A Critical Examination of Elite Policewomen’s Accounts of Their Success

    • Natalie Todak, Susan Boyd, Rachel Tolber, Renée J. Mitchell
    Pages 175-199
  7. Education, Training, and Police Reform

    • Gary Cordner
    Pages 201-225
  8. Policing Rival Protests

    • Edward R. Maguire
    Pages 289-309
  9. Paths Forward: Advancing Efforts to Rethink and Reform American Policing

    • Joseph A. Schafer, Richard W. Myers
    Pages 367-402
  10. Back Matter

    Pages 403-411

About this book

"Dr. Schafer and Chief Myers have developed a comprehensive and contemporary guidebook for leading the next generation of police reform. An evidence-based mix of research and policy that goes beyond the norm providing thoughtful insights on police change that is of value to both the policing scholar and police practitioner.”

-David L. Carter, Professor, Michigan State University, USA

Policing in the US and many western nations is in an era of crisis, facing extensive calls for reformation and change. This edited book outlines the major challenges and changes needed to achieve a more stable future for the policing profession and police organizations. The chapters come from innovative police leaders and officers as well as academics with subject matter expertise, to provide insight into how reform can be achieved. It starts with an examination of how policing reached this state of crisis and discusses some interviews conducted with police leaders, particularly chiefs as agents of change and reform. This is followed by chapters from veteran police leaders and personnel describing some of the factors that brought policing to this critical time of change and reform, and some potential strategies to create meaningful change while considering unintended consequences. The book concludes with chapters from academics and police leaders defining paths that policing can take toward needed changes that will increase legitimacy, trust, and equality of policing services. The text speaks to students, academics and professionals interested in police organization and administration, police leadership, and contemporary issues in policing and criminal justice.

Joseph A. Schafer is Professor of Criminology and Criminal at Saint Louis University, USA. His research focuses on policing, organizational change, leadership, citizen perceptions of police, and futures research in policing.

Richard W. Myers is a retired police chief with over 40 years of law enforcement experience, including 33 years as the chief of 8 different agencies in six different US states. He has served leadership roles in a range of police professional associations, including serving as the President/Chair for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and as the Executive Director for the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA

Keywords

  • police administration
  • policing race
  • policing protests
  • police well-being
  • police accountability
  • police training
  • public safety
  • women in policing
  • police education
  • black lives matter
  • george floyd
  • police management

Editors and Affiliations

  • Tegeler Hall, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, USA

    Joseph A. Schafer

  • Boulder, USA

    Richard W. Myers

About the editors

Joseph A. Schafer is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Associate Dean of Research in the College for Public Health and Social Justice at Saint Louis University, USA.  His research focuses on policing, organizational change, leadership, citizen perceptions of police, and futures research in policing.  

Richard W. Myers is a retired police chief with over 40 years of law enforcement experience, including 33 years as the chief of 8 different agencies in six different US states. He has served leadership roles in a range of police professional associations, including serving as the President/Chair for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and as the Executive Director for the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA). 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Rethinking and Reforming American Policing

  • Book Subtitle: Leadership Challenges and Future Opportunities

  • Editors: Joseph A. Schafer, Richard W. Myers

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-88896-1

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Law and Criminology, Law and Criminology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-88895-4

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-88896-1

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 411

  • Number of Illustrations: 4 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Crime Control and Security, Critical Criminology, Criminal Behavior, Crime and Society

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-88896-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)