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World encyclopedia of police forces and correctional systems, 2d ed.; 2v.


World encyclopedia of police forces and correctional systems, 2d ed.; 2v.

Ed. by George Thomas Kurian.

Thomson Gale


1274 pages




The bulk of this encyclopedia--the second edition of a work first published in 1988 as World Encyclopedia of Police Forces and Penal System--consist of 198 country studies on institutions of law enforcement and criminal justice. Theses country studies present information on the history, structure, and organization of police forces, along with some basic statistics; coverage of human rights issues; presentation of crime and prison statistics; and brief discussion of prisons and prison conditions. The country studies vary in depth of coverage, with entries on smaller countries such as Bahrain getting about one page of treatment and larger countries such as the United States getting over 100 pages and state-by-state coverage. Kurian (president, International Encyclopedia Society) also includes 20 overview articles on issues and general topics such as colonial policing, community policing, crime rates, the evolution of criminal investigation, cybercrime, public safety, police leadership, policewomen, typology of police, role and place of the police in security sector reform, history of prisons, aviation terrorism, global trends in juvenile crime and justice, and transnational organized crime, as well as treatment of Europol and Interpol. Appendixes present sample police codes of ethics, dates of police force origins worldwide, country rankings of offenses reported to the police per 100,000 population, and a general bibliography.

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