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Police in a Multicultural Society : An American Story
David E. Barlow  More Info
Classics in Policing
David Barlow  More Info
The Police in America: Classic and Contemporary Readings (The Wadsworth Professionalism in Policing Series)
Steven G. Brandl  More Info

About the Florida State University Police Department

The Florida State University Police Department is organized into an Operations Division and an Investigations Division and a Support Services Division. According to the Florida State University Police Department, “the Associate Director of the Police Department and is currently in Charge of the Operations Division which includes all Patrol, Traffic, Communications, Security Officers, Event Staff, Special Events and all Policing Functions.”  While the “Assistant Chief for investigations oversees all investigative functions including crimes, Internal Affairs, administrative, and background investigations. Oversee the Support Services Division which includes Crime Prevention, Training, Accreditation, Traffic Safety programs, and the Citizen's Police Academy.”


Around 40 sworn police officers are assigned to the uniformed patrol contingent of the Florida State University Police Department.  Each of the police officers is assigned to one of four squads which is commanded by a sergeant, the four sergeant answer to a single lieutenant in charge of the uniformed patrol division.


According to the department, “the Investigations Section of the Florida State University Police Department conducts criminal and administrative investigations into alleged violations of law or the Student Conduct Code that occur on university property, or within it’s statutory jurisdiction. In cooperation with other local and state agencies, the FSUPD also has authority to conduct investigations in other areas of Leon County, and beyond, when the need arises. The Investigations Section routinely works with the Tallahassee Police Department, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and various other state and federal agencies. The Section also works closely with the Office of the Victim Advocate, Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities, and the Office of Audit Services. Additionally, the Section conducts pre-employment background investigations on police officer candidates, and provides protection to visiting dignitaries and controversial public figures.”




David E. Barlow began his criminal justice career as a correctional officer in South Carolina.  In 1981, he became a deputy sheriff for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department (South Carolina).  In 1983, he joined the Florida State University Police as a Law Enforcement Officer I.  In 1987, David Barlow left the practitioner side of the field and began to pursue an academic career, beginning as a instructor of criminal justice at the South Carolina State College.  Today, he is a professor and dean, College of Basic and Applied Sciences, Fayetteville State University. 


David Barlow has a BS in the Administration of Justice and Sociology, an MS in Criminology and a Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice.  David Barlow is the co-author of Police in America: Classic and Contemporary Readings, Police in a Multicultural Society: An American Story, and Classics in Policing.


According to the book description of Police in a Multicultural Society: An American Story,  it is “unique in its presentation of traditional police-related topics from a multicultural perspective, this illuminating work gives voice to the historically marginalized in order to shed a penetrating light on the real world of policing. Police-society relations are discussed from the perspective of minority police officers as well as members of the communities served, providing a dimension often overlooked in police studies. In tapping traditionally neglected resources and viewpoints, the authors hope to achieve long-needed insights into police theory, research, and practice. The authors draw on their personal and professional experiences to give readers a greater appreciation for how lived experiences shape perceptions of the police and their assigned role in society. Their narrative style brings to life the worldviews of African Americans, Native Americans, women, and gays and lesbians in modern American society.”

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