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Principles of Investigation and Study Guide to Accompany Principles of Investigation, 2 Books
John P Kenney  More Info

Police Work With Juveniles and the Administration of Juvenile Justice
John P. Kenney  More Info
Police Operations Policies and Procedures 400 Field Situations with Solutions
Ph.D., & John B. Williams, LL.M., M.S. In P.A. John P. Kenney  More Info
The Police Executive Handbook
Harry W. More  More Info

About the Berkeley Police Department:

The City of Berkeley was incorporated in 1878. The City was policed by a elected town Marshal. In addition the Marshal was assisted by elected Constables. Through these years the Marshal and Constables mostly served papers and seldom arrested without a warrant. Crime increased through the turn of the century. In 1905, August Vollmer was elected town Marshal. In 1909, he was appointed as this City's first Chief of Police. Chief August  Vollmer was instrumental in organizing this department, creating what we now call a "Code of Ethics", which included eliminating the acceptance of gratuities, rewards or favors."   Chief August Vollmer demanded a high level of honesty, efficiency, interest and hard work by his officers. This has continued to this day, which has been the foundation for our world wide reputation in the law enforcement field.


Chief August Vollmer is considered by some as the father of modern day law enforcement. His progressive thinking and use of new innovations in law enforcement became the foundation that our department has built on. Some of the early innovations by Chief Vollmer and this department were: In 1906, the department installed a basic records system (One of the first in the United States); In 1906, installed the first Modus Operandi (MO) System; In 1907, first use of scientific investigation (Kelinschmidt case - analysis of blood, fibers and soil).; In 1907, the department's police school was established. It included instruction from professors on such subjects as the law and evidence procedures. This was the first school of its kind in the world and had a far reaching effect on law enforcement; In 1911, organized the first Police Motorcycle Patrol; In 1913, changed to automobiles for patrolling; In 1916, Chief Vollmer established the first School of Criminology at University of California, at Berkeley. Chief Vollmer became a strong advocate of college educated police officers; In 1918, began using intelligence tests in recruiting police officers; In 1920, the first lie detector instrument was developed at University of California and used by our department; In 1921, began using a psychiatric screening in recruitment; In 1923, the first Junior Traffic Police Program was established; In 1924, established one of the first single fingerprint systems; In 1925, established our first Crime Prevention Division and hired the first Police Woman.





Dr. John P. Kenney began his career in criminal justice and law enforcement career as a patrol officer for the Berkeley Police Department.  A recognized leader in the improvement of policing, Dr. John Kenney has been a director at the California Department of Justice; the president of the Los Angeles Police Commission; a management consultant (which included the Denver City Council retaining him in 1957 when a Denver Police Department scandal received national publicity for numerous police officers taking contracts to burglarize businesses); and, he worked extensively with the Agency for International Development identifying police consultants to work overseas, and personally conducted an international conference on democratic policing in Thailand.


Dr. John Kenney was a founder of the International Association of Police Professors which became the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and was a President of the American Society of Criminology. His work as a criminal justice educator included the graduate schools for police administration at the University of Southern California and California State University at Long Beach.  He is the author of Police Operations: Policies and Procedures: Four Hundred Field Situations with Solutions; Principles of Investigation and Study Guide to Accompany Principles of Investigation (2 Books); The Police Executive Handbook; and, Police Work with Juveniles and the Administration of Juvenile Justice.


Police Work with Juveniles and the Administration of Juvenile Justice is now in its eight edition and has been significantly updated by criminal justice scholars, according to the book description, the “Eighth Edition is thoroughly rewritten and revised and is completely reset in type. Police Work with Juveniles and the Administration of Juvenile Justice has made a unique contribution to the juvenile justice literature for four decades. It is a scholarly treatise on the subject emphasizing a philosophical approach. However, it addresses the principal issues and concepts with a practical orientation, making it an invaluable resource for both students and practitioners. The book has from its inception in 1954 highlighted the police role and functions with interrelationships between community agencies, the courts and correctional agencies emphasized. Each component of the juvenile justice system is treated in a meaningful manner. This edition focuses upon the issues of changes taking place in the juvenile justice system. The substantial increases in juveniles responsible for crimes of violence has continued the transformation of the juvenile court toward a criminal court. The past two decades has reversed the rehabilitation movement toward that of punishment for juvenile offenders. The legislatures have responded with tougher laws. Current research into chronic juvenile recidivism suggests that a multiple agency approach including family support coordinated by probation may be the only realistic way to "save" juvenile offenders from lives of crime. New in this edition is fuller treatment of the role and functions of the juvenile court judge and a more detailed historical perspective of the juvenile court. Each chapter has been preceded by "Chapter Objectives" and "Key Concepts" to provide the reader a quick overview of chapter content.”


According to the book description of Principles of Investigation, “Covering topics from a conceptual viewpoint, this text brings the ethical and legal obligations of investigation into perspective. It uses tabulated lists and checklists along with Features (examples) to cover the techniques of investigation.”

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