Global Perspectives in Policing and Law Enforcement provides an exposition of policing and law enforcement practices, challenges, and opportunities in twenty different countries that were carefully selected to represent diverse geographic regions of the world. Each chapter presents policing from a different cultural background with diverse historical law enforcement experiences, varied social and demographic characteristics, and wide-ranging approaches to political leadership. By examining critical data and highlighting cracks within law enforcement across multiple countries, the contributors to this volume have created a framework of policing as it transitions into a modern outfit. Divided into parts, the book focuses on a large sample of countries from Africa, Europe, Asia, and Latin and Central America, North America and the Caribbean, as well as Australia and New Zealand. Such a broad coverage makes this book a critical reference point for those interested in criminal justice, criminology, political science, anthropology, and many others.
Jospeter M. Mbuba is professor of criminal justice and public administration at Purdue University Fort Wayne.
Part I: Africa
Chapter 1: Policing in Ghana by Joseph Appiahene-Gyamfi
Chapter 2: Policing in the Republic of Kenya: Structure and Practice by Jospeter M. Mbuba
Chapter 3: Policing and Law Enforcement in Zimbabwe by Jephias Matunhu and Viola Matunhu
Part II: Europe
Chapter 4: Battles to Define the Danish Police: Police Reform and the Transformation of Organizational Ideals and Practices by Mikkel Jarle Christensen
Chapter 5: Police in England and Wales by Timi Osidipe and Jonathan South
Chapter 6: Criminal Policies in Action: Italian Police Forces, Discretionary Powers, and Selective Law Enforcement by Giulia Fabini and Alvise Sbraccia
Chapter 7: The Police and Policing in Poland by Monika Baylis
Chapter 8: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Police Organization in the Republic of Serbia by Dalibor Kekić, Filip Kukić and Miloš Milenković
Part III: Asia and Oceania
Chapter 9: The Chinese Police: Structure, Police-Public Relations, and Deviance by Mengliang Dai and Yunyun Yang
Chapter 10: Police System in India: Issues and Challenges by Siddhartha Misra
Chapter 11: Policing and Law Enforcement in Indonesia by Sharyn Graham Davies
Chapter 12: The Challenges of the Royal Malaysia Police by Yik Koon Teh
Chapter 13: Law Enforcement and Policing in Australia: State and Federal Systems from the ‘Convict Night Watch’ to ‘Problem Oriented Policing’ by Mark F. Briskey and Samuel M. Makinda
Chapter 14: Policing in New Zealand by Ross Hendy
Part IV: The Americas and the Caribbean
Chapter 15: Police and policing in the United States of America by Joselyne Chenane Nkogo
Chapter 16: The Police of Honduras by Mark Ungar
Chapter 17: Reconsidering the Security in Nicaragua: A National Police Reform by Skarlleth Martinez Prado
Chapter 18: The Evolution of Policing in Jamaica by Lorna E. Grant
Chapter 19: The Organization and Functioning of Police Forces in Brazil by Leandro Piquet Carneiro
Chapter 20: Policing in Uruguay: History, Modernization, and Features by Diego Sanjurjo, Nicolás Trajtenberg and Federico del Castillo
Across the globe police services routinely provide descriptions and data that can be found with a few clicks. Seeking to investigate policing practices in greater depth, editor Mbuba offers a much more nuanced critique. He amasses 20 insightful essays from 29 contributing authors examining contemporary law enforcement in different countries. The contributors, all academics or researchers, summarize police developments, cultures, and procedures in nations they know well, spanning Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, Ghana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Poland, Serbia, the UK, Uruguay, the US, and Zimbabwe. Those interested in sharp perceptions of law enforcement in these states will likely find these chapters enlightening. The authors write candidly and often fearlessly about the realities they perceive. Some list points for improvement; in other cases the need for further reform is made clear. If policing leads to authoritarianism, corruption, and abuse, then reform is vital, if in fact it can be achieved. The broad trend in these countries—surely with exceptions—is for policing to embrace a non-military style of protection and service. Yet public safety anywhere can be achieved at great cost and then deplorably lost. Recommended. Advanced undergraduates through faculty.
Global Perspectives in Policing and Law Enforcement is a groundbreaking volume that has broken the iron curtain of academic prejudice by globalizing readings on policing. In so doing, it unleashed universal knowledge beyond political boundaries traversing Africa and beyond through Asia, Europe, and the Americas. By engaging authors on finest topics in the field of policing, Dr. Mbuba has not only produced the most comprehensive book so far in the field of policing but has elevated knowledge on world policing and practices in a manner never seen before. This is a gigantic leap and an addition to his earlier work on Policing in Eastern Africa. The book is a must read for all students of policing and social justice.
This book is a welcome contribution to the scholarship of policing and law enforcement throughout the world. Through chapter contribution by accomplished scholars from around the globe, it provides an in-depth assessment of policing and law enforcement practices in selected countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania and the Americas including the Caribbean. The book does a great job of analyzing and uncovering the challenges and opportunities of policing and law enforcement practices in various countries. Critically, the issues explored by the authors will help to identify the gaps and themes in policing and law enforcement that require further research.