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Policing Beyond Coercion: A New Idea for a Twenty-First Century Mandate

Robert J. Kane


  • ISBN: 9781543832846

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    Publication Date: September 2022
    Copyright Year: 2023
    Pages: 392
    Print: 9781543832846

    eBook: 9781543832853

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    Summary Table of Contents

    About the Author

    Chapter 1 - Introduction: So Long, Hill Street Blues

    Part I: Foundations

    Chapter 2 - The Modern American Police Department
    Chapter 3 - The Funnel of U.S. Policing: Recruitment, Mandate, and Working the Street
    Chapter 4 - Protection of Life as the New Idea of Police

    Part II: Pathways and Remedies to a Coercion Paradigm

    Chapter 5 - The Police Subculture: Reimagining the Thin Blue Line
    Chapter 6 - The Rise and “Stall” of Community Policing: A Parable
    Chapter 7 - Every Moment a Decision
    Chapter 8 - Policing and the Use of Force
    Chapter 9 - Stop, Question, and Frisk: The Pinnacle in Police Coercion
    Chapter 10 - Holding the Police Accountable
    Chapter 11 - From Records to Data to Prediction: The Big Data Revolution in Policing

    Part III: Creating the New Idea of Police

    Chapter 12 - “They Just Want to Hire Themselves!” Examining Police Officer Selection in the United States
    Chapter 13 - Integrating the New Idea of Policing into U.S. Police Departments


  • Author Information

    Robert J. Kane

    Robert J. Kane, PhD, is Professor and Department Head of Criminology and Justice Studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia. His primary research interests include police authority and ac- countability; communities, crime, and health; and technology and justice. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Kane (with his academic mentor, James J. Fyfe) completed a study of police misconduct in the New York City Police Department—to date, the largest study of misconduct ever conducted in a U.S. police agency. Since then, Kane has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on police misconduct, legitimacy, and accountability in the NYPD, culminating in his 2014 book, Jammed Up: Bad Cops, Police Misconduct, and the New York City Police Department (NYU Press, coauthored with Michael D. White).

    In 2011, Kane and his colleagues were awarded a grant from the Nation- al Institute of Justice to examine the effects of Taser exposure on cognitive functioning (Michael D. White served as Principal Investigator; Kane and Justin Ready served as Co-Principal Investigators). The project concluded in 2013 and remains the only randomized controlled trial of the Taser conduct- ed outside the purview of Axon Enterprises (the company that owns Taser). Results from his Taser research informs public policy in the area of police interrogations, specifically addressing the length of time police departments should wait before interviewing suspects who have been &"Tazed” (and who tend to suffer substantial declines in cognitive functioning) by police officers.

    In January 2022, Kane was funded to conduct a randomized controlled trial of Project SCOPE in conjunction with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority Police Department (Dr. Jordan Hyatt is the Co-Principal Investigator). Project SCOPE is a modified police &"co-responder” model that deploys social workers to subway stations in Philadelphia characterized by large numbers of vulnerable population members (e.g., people experiencing homelessness, ad- diction, and mental health crises). As part of SCOPE, social workers engage with vulnerable population members independent of the police (but while having access to officers in the subway stations as needed) in ways that (1) might help reduce disruptive (and illegal) behaviors in the subway system, and (2) link vulnerable individuals to much-needed city services. The primary goals of SCOPE are to reduce arrests, reduce conflict between police and members of vulnerable groups, and increase access to social services for those in need.

    Kane is also an advocate for international educational opportunities for students. He regularly takes students to Germany and the Czech Republic to teach about the rise of the Nazi police state (and authoritarian policing more generally); he has taken students to London to study the police and the British criminal justice system; and just before the pandemic, he developed a transnational policing class in conjunction with colleagues at the Israeli National Police Academy. Although the pandemic has thus far prevented him from taking students to Israel to take the class, he remains hopeful that 2023 will be the year!

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