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Police and Policing

An Introduction

by Peter Villiers, Foreword by Sir Hugh Orde


Introductory Series

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Part of our growing Introductory Series. An ideal introduction for police recruits, criminal justice practitioners, criminologists and general readers. Written in a clear style and based on the experiences of author Peter Villiers who was for many years a tutor at the National Police Staff College, Bramshill. A convenient handbook for anyone wanting an accessible yet thought-provoking account of a key public institution. Covers such key topics as: The nature and purposes of policing; A short history; The ‘original authority’ of police constables; Police forces and police authorities; Detective work; Squads, teams, units and operations; Training and leadership; Crime prevention and crime reduction; Forensics, science and technology; Powers of arrest, detention and charge; Ethics, discipline and integrity; Common standards and values; Protection of the public; Terrorism (including modern-day powers); The Serious Organized Crime Agency; Police community support officers; Corruption and the use of ‘deception’; Policing in the era of human rights; Interpol and Europol; Examples of policing from abroad. Also contains a Glossary of Words, Phrases, Acronyms and Abbreviations and a Timeline.


‘An authoritative account of the historical development and contemporary practice of police work. It will provide useful insights into policing to students pursuing academic courses in Higher Education and will be of considerable use and interest to those considering policing as a career as well as to serving practitioners’: Policing Today

‘A substantial introduction to Policing… will offer any potential recruit an opportunity to discuss and debate before he/she commences learning Police law with its all-important definitions and Powers of Arrest’: Internet Law Book Reviews

‘A valuable text because it covers the broad varying aspects of policing and investigation, providing a very useful insight. The author is certainly not reluctant to state his own views and I am of the view that this will provide a catalyst for productive discussion’: Dr Peter Hall, Coventry University

‘A good informative book, explaining policy to practice’: John Rotherham, St Helens College

‘Very well structured. Liked the Glossary and Timeline. Excellent historical base’: Ann Kneebone, Truro and Penwith College


Peter Villiers is a police adviser and consultant, editor of the international website journal Ethics in Policing and an occasional columnist for Police Review. He lectured at the Police Staff College, Bramshill from 1986 to 2004 on ethics, leadership and human rights, including to police officers from across the United Kingdom and around the world. He has written two earlier books for Waterside Press: Police Leadership in the 21st Century: Philosophy, Doctrine and Developments (2003) and Policing A Safe, Just and Tolerant Society: An International Model for Policing (2004)(both with Dr. Robert Adlam). He is also the author of a range of further works on policing, ethics, human rights and leadership.

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Weight303 g
Dimensions234 × 156 × 12 mm

Foreword author

Sir Hugh Orde


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United Kingdom

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