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This research guide was developed and maintained to support the university's CRIM 412 Police Discretion course.
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Course Description

This course is an in-depth examination of police discretion and the application of coercive power. It includes analyses of the exercise and impact of police discretion on society and the impact that police discretion has on individual police officers, police departments, and societal support for law enforcement.

Prerequisite(s): two of the following courses: CRIM 234, CRIM 244, POLS 208, SOC 225.


Required Textbooks

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The New World of Police Accountability - Samuel E. Walker; Carol A. (Ann) Archbold
Call Number: Available through the Campus Store.
ISBN: 9781452286877
Publication Date: 2014

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Arrest Discretion of Police Officers: the impact of varying organizational structures - Richard Groeneveld
Call Number: Available through the Campus Store. Also available online through ebrary Academic Complete
ISBN: 9781593323363
Publication Date: 2005

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Handled with Discretion: Ethical Issues in Police Decision Making - Edited by: John Kleinig
Call Number: Available through the Campus Store.
ISBN: 0847681777
Publication Date: 1996
Also available in Rice Library: GEN COL: HV7936.D54 H35 1996

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Understanding Police Use of Force: officers, suspect, and reciprocity - Geoffrey P. Alpert; Roger G. Dunham
Call Number: Available through the Campus Store.
ISBN: 0521546753
Publication Date: 2004

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