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Key Themes in Policing

SERIES EDITORS: Megan O’Neill, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography and Chair of the British Society of Criminology Policing Network, University of Dundee, UK, Marisa Silvestri, Reader in Criminology at the University of Kent, UK and Stephen Tong, School Director of Research & Enterprise, School of Law, Criminal Justice & Policing, Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent, UK.

Editorial advisory board:
Paul Quinton, College of Policing, UK
Nick Fyfe, University of Dundee, UK
Jennifer Brown, London School of Economics, UK
Charlotte E. Gill, George Mason University, US

Key Themes in Policing is a new textbook series that is designed to fill a growing need for titles which reflect the importance of incorporating ‘research informed-policing’ and engaging with evidence-based policing within Higher Education curricula. It will reflect upon the changing landscape of contemporary policing as it becomes more politicised, professionalised and scrutinised, and draw out both change and continuities in its themes.

For students of policing and criminal justice, it is important to understand how reoccurring issues are impacting on the police and policing bodies, the criminal justice system and society more widely. Books in this series will support policing and criminal justice programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level, by providing a comprehensive analysis of the research-based evidence available and reflect contemporary challenges in policing and related criminal justice, in light of such issues as police reform and conditions of austerity.

Each title in the series will include further reading sections and review questions to aid students’ understanding of the subject.

Call for proposals

Proposals are invited for texts that include one or a range of the following:

  • Ethics in Policing
  • Police Leadership
  • Evidence based Policing
  • Cyber Crime and Policing
  • International Policing
  • Policing Terrorism
  • Police Governance & Accountability
  • Police legitimacy
  • Community Policing
  • Police Culture
  • Critical Incident Management in Policing
  • Private policing
  • Police Reform
  • Police History
  • Covert Policing
  • Policing Sexual Crimes & Domestic Violence
  • Policing Public Order
  • Policing and the Media.

Download the series flyer here.

Please click for the proposal guidelines here and the series rationale here.

Contact regarding proposals

If you would like to submit a proposal, or to discuss ideas, then please contact Megan O’Neill: m.oneill@dundee.ac.uk, Tel: +44 (0)1382 381238, Marisa Silvestri: M.Silvestri@kent.ac.uk, Tel +44 (0)1227 827437 or Stephen Tong: steve.tong@canterbury.ac.uk.

You can find out more about writing for Bristol University Press and Policy Press on our Information for authors page.

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Towards Ethical Policing

The fundamental role of police officers in society is under fresh scrutiny in this stimulating book on ethical policing. Through a moral philosophical lens, Wood provides an up-to-date overview of police values and their impact. It is a timely contribution to police debate and essential reading for those studying and leading the profession.

Policy Press

Critical Perspectives on Police Leadership

This is a critical analysis of our understanding of police leadership and a bold new conceptualisation of the subject. Drawing on criminology, sociology and leadership studies and critical theory, leading authors Davis and Silvestri provide a critique of police leadership as a product of social, institutional and historical processes.

Policy Press

Police Culture

Research and Practice

At a time of close scrutiny of police culture, this is a thorough and accessible study of its impacts on both practitioners and the people they serve. Tom Cockcroft’s evidence-based approach contextualises our understanding of police culture in relation to both contemporary police agendas and wider social change.

Policy Press

Policing the Police

Challenges of Democracy and Accountability

Evolving modes of delivery and new technologies are changing the way society holds police officers to account. This much-needed new book from criminology professor Michael Rowe, part of the ‘Key Themes in Policing’ series, explores issues of governance, discipline and transparency to set out a new agenda for modern-day accountability.

Policy Press

Miscarriages of Justice

Causes, Consequences and Remedies

It is crucial for criminal justice practitioners to understand miscarriages of justice. This text provides an up-to-date and comprehensive analysis of miscarriages of justice, highlighting difficulties in defining them, examining their dimensions, forms, scale and impact and exploring key cases and their causes.

Policy Press

Key Challenges in Criminal Investigation

This comprehensive overview and critical analysis of the development and practice of criminal investigation examines decision-making within criminal investigations and links investigative influences on policing with the evidence-based agenda.

Policy Press

Plural Policing

Theory and Practice

This book considers the rise of Plural Policing in England and Wales over the past decade or so. It critically analyses this approach and contains examples of practice, both nationally and internationally.

Policy Press

Understanding Police Intelligence Work

This is the first textbook to offer a comprehensive and up-to-date account of police intelligence work based on current research, and to assess how intelligence may be used wisely and ethically to influence policing policy and practice.

Policy Press