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Police Culture

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Point of Order, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    Any good books or features out there on the history and culture of police? I'm talking about U.S., European, Asian, ancient Rome, or anything else out there that would be a good read.
  2. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

  3. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Not sure if this is the kind of book you're looking for, but David Simon's "Homicide" is a great inside look.
  4. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    There was a TV show called Cop Rock.
  5. Care Bear

    Care Bear Guest

    Blue Blood by Edward Conlon -- incredible.

  6. HC

    HC Well-Known Member

  7. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    I read this book:



    Very good history on the biggest police force in the nation.
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  8. HC

    HC Well-Known Member

    If you want some interesting historical fiction, I'd also recommend "The Given Day" by Denis Lehane. Really interesting perspective on police history/culture which culminates in the Boston Police Strike. Also, (perfect for SJ!) Babe Ruth is a recurring character. :)
  9. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I think I'm looking for something a little more historical and academic. How did we get to the system we have now where the police have (my opinion) so much power, so little external scrutiny, and such an insider culture? Is that just the nature of police throughout history, or is there some peculiar way police forces developed in this country that makes them what they are?
  10. NickMordo

    NickMordo Active Member

    Dunkin Donuts
  11. Piotr Rasputin

    Piotr Rasputin New Member

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  12. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    My opinion only ...

    Law enforcement culture is an extension of military culture. And all those same traits apply, and have always applied, to the military, as well.
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