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Community-Oriented Policing: A Systemic Approach to Policing (4th Edition)
Willard M. Oliver  More Info

Community Policing: Classical Readings
Willard M. Oliver  More Info

The Law & Order Presidency
Willard M. Oliver  More Info

The Public Policy of Crime and Criminal Justice
Nancy E. Marion  More Info

Homeland Security for Policing
Willard M. Oliver  More Info

According to the book description of Community Policing: Classical Readings, “This anthology draws together under one cover 22 classic articles that are critical to understanding the historical background and framework of Community Policing, and that are heavily cited in the academic literature. Features a Foreword by George L. Kelling, one of the founders of Community Policing. Focuses on the roots and origins of the Community Policing movement -- with heavy emphasis on the evolving philosophy. Contains articles from the federal document collection -- featuring the insights, discussions, and debates that took place within a joint committee of 31 high-level practitioners and scholars drawn together by the National Institute of Justice and the Kennedy School of Government, Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, Harvard University.”

About the Arlington County Police Department

On February 1, 1940, the Arlington County Police Department was formed. Harry Woodyard, a deputy sheriff, became the first Chief of Police. Expanding rapidly, the Police Division grew from its original nine members to thirty-nine members by 1943. Population growth and the manpower demands of World War II forced the county to consider every option for keeping its citizens safe. Forty-five volunteers were sworn into the Auxiliary Police organization which was formed in 1942.


The Arlington County Police Department provides a variety of services, ranging from standard patrolling of the streets of Arlington to escorts of dignitaries from Arlington to the White House.  The Arlington County Police Department has an authorized strength of 363 sworn police offices and 110 civilian employees; and, a budget of over $42 million.





Willard M. Oliver began his law enforcement career as a summer police officer for the Wildwood Police Department (New Jersey).  In 1989, he enlisted in the U.S. Army reserves and served as a military police officer in Desert Storm.  From 1991 to 1994 Willard Oliver was a police officer for the Arlington County Police Department (Virginia). In 1994, Willard Oliver embarked on his academic career by becoming an assistance professor of criminal justice at Glenville State College (West Virginia).  Today, Dr. Willard M. Oliver, Ph.D.,is an Associate Professor at the College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University (Texas).  Willard Oliver is also a Major in the United States Army Reserves, Military Police Corps.


Dr. Willard Oliver is the author of Community-Oriented Policing: A Systemic Approach to Policing, Homeland Security for Policing, The Law & Order Presidency, and Community Policing: Classical Readings.  He is the co-author of A History of Crime and Criminal Justice in America and The Public Policy of Crime and Criminal.


 According to the book description of Homeland Security for Policing, “Unique in focus, Homeland Security for Policing  presents a framework for understanding the role police play in today’s era of Homeland Security. The only book of its kind, it examines the events that led up to this new policing era, the relationship between national, state and local agencies, and specific strategies, operations and tactics that can be used to prevent and protect against future threats. Special emphasis is placed on understanding 9-11, the entire framework of Homeland Security in the U.S. and the unique issues faced by local law enforcement. Provides a strategic focus that addresses state and local level responses to Homeland Security as well as responses at the federal level. Discusses the specific issues facing police with respect to Homeland Security and connects the Homeland Security and criminal justice fields. Discusses how and why policing has changed in the last decade. Presents a fuller understanding of how the concept of Homeland Security developed, what it means for the police, and where within the scope of a national Homeland Security framework the police fit. Discusses the activities of local police within the context of both state and national Homeland Security policies. Emphasizes the integral web of dependency and connected nature of these agencies. Discusses techniques for information gathering, risk and threat assessments, intelligence analysis, preparation for mass disasters (including Weapons of Mass Destruction), risk management, information sharing (both laterally and vertically), preemption of terrorism, and employment of an Incident Command System under the National Incident Management System. Helps identify the new roles, new responsibilities, and new tasks of the police in today’s post 9-11 environment. Law enforcement professionals.”

According to the book description of The Law & Order Presidency, “For Criminal Justice courses in Policy and History, as well as Political Science courses in the American Presidency. Documenting the nationalization and federalization of crime over the last half of the twentieth century, this text demonstrates the role the American President has played in shaping public opinion and policy of crime at the federal level. The author uses both case studies and quantitative data to test hypotheses and illustrate assumptions, analyzes the implications of findings and demonstrates the new law and order role for the President of the United States.”

According to the book description of The Public Policy of Crime and Criminal Justice, “"The Public Policy of Crime and Criminal Justice" represents a solid understanding of public policy, then describes each of the various actors in the public policy process at the federal, state and local level. It then specifically applies the public policy concepts to crimial justice (police, courts, corrections, and juvenile justice) and presents a "real-world" case study to convey how all of these facets of the public policy process come together to create new crime policy in the United States. Presents the public policy material in a simplified manner - No need to have a grounding in the public policy field./Contains numerous boxes highlighting the material - Enhances the readability, emphasizes points with real work examples. An excellent tool for those looking to get into the crime policy field. The benefit being an understanding of how the public policy process works and who the various stakeholders are in the process of crafting crime policy in the United States.”

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