Clyde L. Cronkhite

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The following reviews of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Administration were written:

I congratulate you on the book and thank you for your commitment to strengthening the leadership of the criminal justice agencies across the nation. -Robert Mueller, Director, FBI

I know it will be an outstanding resource for Special Agents and seasoned police chiefs who attend the National Academy.-John J. Miller, Assistant FBI Director

The book would be great for tests for police agencies and in applications in assessment career interviewing. -Paul Patti, President, Police Career and Promotion Services

This is absolutely the best treatment of CJ administration that I've ever had the pleasure to review. The 'contextual themes' notion is very helpful because it is often difficult for students to identify common threads when given material from disparate sources and several other texts are written with little connections between chapters and sections. For years I've used [another book] because I didn't feel there was an adequate CJ admin. book available. Cronkhite now fills the bill! -Peter W. Phillips, Ph.D., University of Texas-Tyler

About the Los Angeles Police Department 

In February 1955, the Los Angeles Police Department, through the pages of the internally produced BEAT magazine, conducted a contest for a motto for the police academy. The conditions of the contest stated that: “The motto should be one that in a few words would express some or all the ideals to which the Los Angeles police service is dedicated. It is possible that the winning motto might someday be adopted as the official motto of the Department.” The winning entry was the motto, “To Protect and to Serve” submitted by Officer Joseph S. Dorobek.


“To Protect and to Serve” became the official motto of the Police Academy, and it was kept constantly before the officers in training as the aim and purpose of their profession. With the passing of time, the motto received wider exposure and acceptance throughout the department. On November 4, 1963, the Los Angeles City Council passed the necessary ordinance and the credo has now been placed alongside the City Seal on the Departments patrol cars.

Dr. Clyde L. Cronkhite rose through the ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department to retire at the rank of Deputy Chief.  During his post-LAPD career, he worked as the Chief of Police for the Santa Ana Police Department; Chief of Security for Columbia Finance and the Director of the Center for Justice, University of Southern California.


With a Doctorate from USC in Public Administration, he is a professor and former Chair of the Department of Law Enforcement & Justice Administration, Western Illinois University.  Dr. Clyde L. Cronkhite is the author of three text books, including Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Administration: Strategies for the 21st Century, The Magic & Mystery of Johnny Copper and How Would You grade the FAME & SHAME of this Former Cop?

According to the book description of The Magic & Mystery of Johnny Copper, "book for those who are teenagers, are about to be teenagers, were teenagers, are parents of teenagers, grew up performing magic, and just enjoy magic and mystery. In this adventure story, readers are introduced to innovative methods of overcoming challenges faced by young people today. The story of Jonathon Koppervich (his friends call him Johnny Copper for short) involves a teenager who transfers to a new school. The transfer is the result of his dad's promotion from police officer to detective--which causes the family to move to a new area of the city. Johnny finds ways to win friends as well as startle adversaries by performing magic and applying some investigative techniques learned from his relatives. Part 1 places readers right in the middle of today's school environment. They experience the challenges faced by today's teenagers----from being bullied to just fitting into today's youthful culture. The methods used by Johnny Copper to deal with these challenges are adventuresome, yet practical. The book is both fictional and nonfictional. Although Johnny is a fictional character, he is a composite of many young people today. The challenges he faces are real as well as his magic and detective approaches. Part 2 provides detailed instructions on how Johnny accomplishes his magic in Part 1, from close-up sleight-of-hand to stage illusions---magic which teaches diligence, dexterity, the importance of practice and how to relate to people--all necessary in most of life's endeavors. Readers can go to a website and have access to YouTube videos of Copper's magic being performed. Throughout the book references are made to real locations, publications, and websites where readers can go for additional information and assistance. Readers can also suggest challenges they would like Copper to confront and magic to perform in his adventure by going to a website and leaving Johnny a message."

According to the book description, "Thoroughly updated and revised to reflect the most current events and information, Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, Second Edition, provides a comprehensive overview of the prevailing criminal justice organizations present in law enforcement, courts, and correctional systems. Using a realistic, field-based approach that combines theory with application, this text explores the operations, issues, and practices that administrators within criminal justice face today. This Second Edition blends historic administrative themes and concepts with future trends. It is the author’s intent to encourage practitioners and students to take an active stand in developing strategies to enhance the future of administration in Law Enforcement, in the Courts, and in Corrections. Throughout the text, five Contextual Themes are developed to aid the students in connecting the concepts of administration to key terms, and ultimately to the application of the concepts. The five Contextual Themes include: 1. Organization Functions 2. Employee Relations 3. Open Systems 4. Social Equity 5. Client-oriented Service Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, Second Edition is organized into three parts. Part I develops key concepts from the history of administrative practices into the five Contextual Themes. Part II applies these key concepts to contemporary criminal justice agencies using the Contextual Themes. Part III explores the application of the Contextual Themes in the future of criminal justice administration. Every new copy is packaged with a FREE student access code to unlock a variety of interactive study tools on the student companion website! New to the Second Edition: * Now available in paperback! * Revised figures & tables and updated statistics throughout present the most current trends and data in Criminal Justice Administration * New section on the Pygmalion Effect * New section on Big Democracy * New sections on the Hoover Commission * A “Current Status of –“ section has been added to every chapter in Parts II and III to provide students with the most up-to-date perspective on the material just learned. Key Features: * Key terms and concepts listed at the end of each chapter, familiarize students with the language they will encounter at the administrative level. A compendium listing all terms and concepts is included at the end of the text for easy reference. * End of chapter review questions and activities promote further participation and research both inside and outside the classroom. * Instructor resources will include an Instructor’s Manual, PowerPoint lecture outlines, and a complete Test Bank. * Every new copy is packaged with a FREE student access code to unlock the variety of interactive study tools on the st.udent companion website.


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