Book Review: Contemporary Policing: Controversies, Challenges, and Solutions

Published date01 September 2005
Date01 September 2005
Subject MatterArticles
Fourth, key components in making decisions about children’s placements within foster care,
the criminal justice system, or family reunification are discussed. Finally,an apt reminder for
professionals to focus on children’s and families’ strengths, rather than problems, is given.
Limitations of this book are in explaining evidence-based treatments for resolving chil-
dren’s trauma symptoms. Only a few pages are devoted to describing Cognitive Behavioral
Treatment and other evidence-based approaches. Descriptions of developmentallyappropri-
ate treatment methods such as play therapy are also limited. For a book focused on rebuilding
attachments with traumatized children, it was surprising to find that literature and research on
filial family play therapy was not included. The mental health treatment component of the
book seems to have a limited focus on the Real Life Heroes workbook, which does not appear
to have been tested by outcome research (or at least it was not reported within this book).
Overall, is it worth the read? YES! Not only will it provide professionals and students with
an in-depth understanding of traumatized children, it also provides a hopeful, strengths-
based, community-building perspective to developresiliency in children and communities. I
will definitely recommend, if not require, this book for my students.
Jennifer Baggerly
University of South Florida
Contemporary Policing: Controversies, Challenges, and Solutions, by Quint C. Thurman
and Jihong Zhao. Los Angeles: Roxbury, 2004. 388 pp.
DOI: 10.1177/0734016805282757
In political debate, criminal justice programs, police common rooms to barrooms policing
is one of the most popular subjects of discourse. Contemporary Policingseeks to capture this
interest and provide an up-to-date perspective on the most contemporary issues facing the
police and solutions that may address some of them. It draws together 30 articles published
since 1996 from some of the most prominent American academics and police practitioners. It
is difficult to do justice in reviewingsuch a diverse range of different articles, many of which
are already well regarded and cited. Therefore, this reviewwill restrictitself to illustrating the
breadth of the book and commenting on the cohesiveness of the collection and issues not
The anthology is well structured and split into seven parts. Part 1 covers newpolicing strat-
egies and includes a chapter on trust in criminal justice by Lawrence Sherman that challenges
the police to listen to the public more. Other chapters cover problem-oriented policing, com-
munity policing, and CompStat. The latter chapter by Eli Silverman is particularly illuminat-
ing for those interested in the technological dimension to the success in crime reduction in
New York City.
Part 2 of the book considers crime reduction and prevention. The first chapter, another by
Lawrence Sherman, provides a detailed overview of research from across the world on the
effectiveness of police patrol, illustrating some useful issues in this debate. Other chapters
explore drug hotspots, repeat victimization, and screening offenders.
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