William G. Doerner is a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University in Tallahassee.
He began his law enforcement career in 1980 as a part-time sworn officer with the Tallahassee Police Department. William
Doerner has a BA, MA and PhD in Sociology and is the author of over fifty scholarly articles and author of Introduction
to Law Enforcement: An Insider’s View. Additionally, he has co-authored of
Delinquency and Justice; Study Guide for the Florida Law Enforcement Officer’s Certification Examination; Study Guide
for the Florida Corrections Officer’s Certification Examination; and, is an editor of Contemporary
Police Organization and Management: Issues and Trends.
According to the
book description, Law Enforcement: An Insider's View, “addresses four major issues: (1)
How the police function has evolved; (2) What it takes to become a full-fledged law enforcement officer; (3) On-the-street
activities; and (4) Off-the-street issues. The author blends his classroom experience with his law enforcement training to
provide the reader with a unique view of the streets through the eyes of a cop and the mind of a professor. This combination
lends to an informed view of how things are supposed to be done in theory with how things really get done out in the field.
Traditional topics discussed: agency organization, personnel recruitment and selection, pre-service training, criminal law,
search and seizure, use of force, policy guidelines, stress. Non-traditional topics discussed: career preparation, training
practices, personal adjustments to sworn status, choosing an appropriate course of action, how organizational mandates affect
the Tallahassee Police Department
The Tallahassee Police Department employs nearly 500 police officers.
The uniformed patrol contingent is deployed in three geographic districts. Investigations are conducted
along geographic lines as well as by special units. Among the specialized units of the Tallahassee Police
Department is the Gang Response Unit.
According to the Tallahassee Police Department, A major
goal of the Tallahassee Police Department is to combat criminal street gangs by devoting necessary resources towards validating,
cataloging, classifying, initiating contact with, maintaining contact with, and arresting gang members. A Gang Response Unit
(GRU) was created to meet this need and is one of the Department's newest specialized units. Members of the unit must
be fully flexible in their schedules as the different needs and events in the community may require.”
to their Chief of Police, the Tallahassee Police Department “has a distinguished 164 year history of fighting crime
and being a leader in innovative police services. Today, TPD leads the way in many areas. We are recognized nationally as
being the third longest accredited law enforcement agency in the country and for our programs developed to provide public
safety services equally to all and to protect all citizens’ civil rights. Whether its routine patrol services, forensic
science services, traffic safety enforcement, or implementing new technologies, the men and women who work for you at the
Tallahassee Police Department have one purpose; making Tallahassee a safe place to live, work, and play!”