Policing is crucial to society. In the public's mind, police stand for law and order, protecting the law-abiding from the law-breaker. But what does the police officer on the beat actually do? Does the public idea of policing fit the reality? Are the police as productive as they might be, as effective at crime fighting as we might expect?
The book begins with an outline history of policing and an exploration of the extent of crimethe principal influence on the public's perception of police work. Sewell then turns to the day-to-day issues of policing, including the structure and content of police work; management problems; police productivity; the exercise of discretion; recruitment and training practices; police wrongdoings; the challenges posed by the rise of police unions and private policing; and proposals for reform.
First published in 1985, Police drew together all available research on policing in a readable introductory book that was the first to lift the veil on urban policing in Canada.
About the author
JOHN SEWELL served as an alderman on Toronto City Council during the 1970s and was mayor of Toronto from 1978 to 1980. He chaired the Metro Toronto Housing Authority from 1986 to 1988 and the Commission on Planning and Development Reform in Ontario from 1991 to 1993. Sewell wrote an urban affairs column for The Globe and Mail from 1984 to 1986, currently writes for Now, a Toronto weekly, and is the author of Up Against City Hall, Police: Urban Policing in Canada, and the recently published The Shape of the City: Toronto Struggles with Modern Planning.
Other titles by John Sewell
Crisis in Canada's Policing
Why change is so hard, and how we can get real reform in our police forces
How We Changed Toronto
The inside story of twelve creative, tumultuous years in civic life, 1969-1980
Police in Canada
The Real Story
Shape of the Suburbs
Understanding Toronto's Sprawl
A Political Biography
Houses and Homes
Housing for Canadians
The Shape of the City
Toronto Struggles with Modern Planning