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The police mystique : an insider's look at cops, crime, and the criminal justice system
Author:
Bouza, Anthony V.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Plenum Press, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
xii, 299 pages ; 21 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1280 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780306434648
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Book

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The author discusses "police culture, agencies, and organization; the nature of criminals and how to control them; and the future of criminal justice. While he feels a well-functioning police system is necessary to combat crime, Bouza also sees the solution to the crime problem as closely linked to theimprovement of the life of the underclass." (Library Journal)


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Booklist Review

His 36-year police career in New York and Minneapolis certainly qualifies Bouza as a knowledgeable spokesperson on police affairs and problems plaguing today's communities. In this overview of police activities and crime, the former police chief presents intelligent assessments and workable solutions and strategies. Stating that police officers live in a closed world, Bouza promises a behind-the-scenes look at the police "fraternity" but fails to deliver that aspect of his study. What he does succeed at is presenting a thoughtful analysis of the monumental task that police chiefs and their subordinates face daily. Concluding that the "future is bleak because the festering sores are not being lanced and cured. They are being papered over and ignored," Bouza offers a sober reminder that sweeping reforms are necessary before conditions can improve. Bibliography; to be indexed. --Sue-Ellen Beauregard


Publisher's Weekly Review

While the ostensible tasks of America's police are controlling street crime, providing emergency services and maintaining traffic safety, their real job is restraining the underclass and preventing it from threatening members of the overclass. So argues Bouza, for 36 years a police officer and official in New York and Minneapolis, in this clear-headed, far-sighted analysis. He notes that the cops' ``secret, unmentionable mission'' is exercised throughout the country but is regarded as especially vital in the cities, where it runs head-on into racial questions, complicated by the fact that police departments are still largely white and male. Until the overclass faces up to its responsibility for creating the conditions that cause people to become homeless, drug addicted, poor and lawless, the nation's crime problem will continue and probably worsen, Bouza cautions. He sees the future as bleak. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Bouza is a former Commander of Police in the Bronx, the retired Chief of Police in Minneapolis, and the author of two previous books on police administration. Here he discusses police culture, agencies, and organization; the nature of criminals and how to control them; and the future of criminal justice. While he feels a well-functioning police system is necessary to combat crime, Bouza also sees the solution to the crime problem as closely linked to the improvement of the life of the underclass. Bouza is an interesting, sympathetic, and independent thinker who expresses some surprising views--for instance, that Supreme Court decisions on defendants' rights can serve to professionalize the police. While there is a bibliography, footnotes also would have been welcome. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries.-- Mary Jane Brustman, SUNY at Albany Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Chapter 1 The Police Worldp. 1
Chapter 2 The Police Agencyp. 13
Chapter 3 Life within the Police Agencyp. 33
Chapter 4 The Police Organization's Internal Climatep. 47
Chapter 5 Copsp. 65
Chapter 6 The Slippery Slope of Crime, Arrests, and Statisticsp. 85
Chapter 7 Street Criminals and How They Got That Wayp. 99
Chapter 8 Service and Trafficp. 109
Chapter 9 Management Problems, Concerns, and Opportunitiesp. 121
Chapter 10 Controversies within the Police Agencyp. 139
Chapter 11 Cops and the Constitutionp. 159
Chapter 12 Controlling the Criminalp. 179
Chapter 13 Responding to Woman Batteringp. 199
Chapter 14 External Challenges, Controversies, and Opportunitiesp. 217
Chapter 15 Myths, Unions, Press, Weather, and Crimep. 233
Chapter 16 Reforms: Setting the Stagep. 243
Chapter 17 Reforms: Doing Itp. 251
Chapter 18 The Futurep. 269
Bibliographyp. 283
Indexp. 289