This newly revised edition includes two new chapters exploring events in policing since the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO in 2014. More than summarizing historical events, Cooper contextualizes the subsequent riots in light of classic sociological theory and political philosophy, and offers a potential and compelling new direction for improving both police use of force and the relationship between police and communities.
Jonathon A. Cooper is an associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he currently serves as the Dean’s Associate for Academic Affairs in the College of Health and Human Services.
Foreword by John L. Worrall
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: A Primer on the History of American Policing
Chapter 3: The Due Process Revolution and the Warren Court
Chapter 4: Civil Rights and the Police
Chapter 5: A Due Process Approach in the Face of Police Conservatism
Chapter 6: The Systems Approach to Criminal Justice
Chapter 7: Social Science Research
Chapter 8: A Rising Crime Rate and Police Corruption
Chapter 9: What Professional Policing Then Means for 21st Century Policing Now
Chapter 10: Police and Society Revisited
Chapter 11: A Fourth Way: The Social Contract and Expectations
Anyone interested in understanding American policing in 2021 should read Twentieth-Century Influences on Twenty-First-Century Policing. Professor Cooper explains the current state-of-affairs in policing through a historical lens that both links past to present and charts a course forward. This important book is as much about the present and future of policing as it is about the past.
The revised edition of Twentieth-Century Influences on Twenty-first Century Policing is a must-read for students of police history and how it continues to impact policing today. Cooper uses contemporary conflicts between the police and minority communities, which have dominated the media, and contextualizes them within the broader history of policing and provides potential solutions to these problems. While readers may disagree with Cooper’s conclusions, he does the heavy lifting by providing readers with a concise review of a long body of literature to help readers understand how many of our nation’s past policing problems continue to plague us today. Twentieth-Century Influences on Twenty-first Century Policing will be of interest to students, academics, and members of the media who are interested in a contemporary and thoughtful discussion on the historical relationship between the police and the public, how far the police have come, and how far they still have to go.