- Series Information
- The Oxford Handbook of Crime and Criminal Justice
- List of Contributors
- Oxford Handbook of Crime and Criminal Justice
- Crime and Criminal Justice
- Crime Trends
- Evidence-based Crime Policy
- Crime Prevention
- Treatment and Rehabilitation
- General Deterrence
- Reparation and Restoration
- Reassurance, Reinforcement, and Legitimacy
- Drugs and Crime
- Race, Ethnicity, and Crime
- Sex, Gender, and Crime
- Immigrants and Crime
- Guns and Crime
- Work and Crime
- Police Organization
- Police and Crime Control
- Community and Problem-Oriented Policing
- Legitimacy and Lawful Policing
- Juvenile justice
- Mandatory Penalties
- Capital Punishment
- Jails and Pretrial Release
- Probation and Community Penalties
- Drug and Other Specialty Courts
- Women’s Prisons
- Parole and Prisoner Re-entry
Abstract and Keywords
This article presents an overview of the American policing organization. Section I discusses the structure of the American policing industry. Section II examines the internal structure of American police agencies. Section III looks at changes in police technology. Section IV discusses the people serving in police organizations, and Section V reviews the organizational culture of police. Section VI discusses external governance of police. Section VII surveys forces of stability and change.
Stephen D. Mastrofski is University Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University.
James J. Willis is assistant professor in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society at George Mason University.
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