Renowned criminologist Mike Hough illuminates the principles and practices of good policing in this important analysis of the police service’s legitimacy and the factors, such as public trust, that drive it.
As concern grows at the growth in crimes of serious violence, he challenges conventional political and public thinking on crime and scrutinises strategies and tactics like deterrence and stop-and-search. Contrasting ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ approaches to policing and punishment, he offers a fresh perspective that stresses the importance of securing normative compliance.
For officers, students, policy makers and anyone who has an interest in the police force, this is a valuable roadmap for ethical policing.
“Good combination of academic theory, empirical evidence and policy recommendations written for a large audience, many of whom will go on to work in policing and associated areas.” Ben Bradford, University College London
“Could not come at a more critical time in the history of police–citizen relations. Across the world we, the people, need a book like this to guide the future of policing.” Lorraine Mazerolle, University of Queensland
"Essential reading for those who want to nurture public consent, understand the limitations of enforcement and build safer and more equal communities." Dame Sara Thornton, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner
"Mike Hough's admirably concise, lucid and compelling book synthesises a vast range of empirical evidence and theoretical debates. It will be vital reading for policy-makers, practitioners, students, academics, and researchers in a wide range of fields, including policing and criminal justice, criminology, sociology, social psychology, political science and theory. Its commanding scholarship and penetrating theoretical discussion, confirm Mike Hough's standing as one of the leading authors in contemporary criminal justice research, theory and policy analysis. " Robert Reiner, London School of Economics and Political Science
Mike Hough is Emeritus Professor in the School of Law at Birkbeck, University of London. He was President of the British Society of Criminology from 2008 until 2011, and he was awarded the European Society of Criminology Award for 2020, in recognition of his lifetime contribution to European criminology.
Trust and legitimacy: the basic ideas
The evidence: the power of fairness
The policing of minority groups
Embedding procedural justice in policing
Ethics, justice and policing
Postscript: Policing the COVID-19 pandemic