Cop Watch: Spectators, Social Media, and Police Reform

American Psychological Association, 2012 - 188 pagina's
Toch (emeritus, criminal justice, U. of Albany-SUNY) reviews the history of police reform over the past 50 years, stressing the role of citizen "spectators" in shaping police practice and policy, especially in the era of new digital communication such as social networking sites, cell phones, and blogging. The author also draws on his own original research in crowd behavior. The first part of the book relies on interviews with real police officers in an anonymous West Coast city from 1967 to 1971, shedding light on that city's experience with citizen concerns about police brutality and the subsequent resistance of rank-and-file police officers to reforms. Part 2, the bulk of the book, examines accusations of police brutality in Seattle, 2010-2011. The book includes an extensive list of references, mainly online documentation for the Seattle section. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Hans Toch, PhD, is distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Albany at the State University of New York, where he is affiliated with the School of Criminal Justice. He obtained his PhD in social psychology at Princeton University, has taught at Michigan State University and at Harvard University, and, in 1996, served as the Walker-Ames Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle.

He is a fellow of both APA and the American Society of Criminology. In 1996, he acted as president of the American Association of Correctional Psychology.

He is a recipient of the Hadley Cantril Memorial Award (for Men in Crisis: Human Breakdowns in Prison), the August Vollmer Award of the American Society of Criminology for outstanding contributions to applied criminology, the Prix deGreff from the International Society of Criminology for Distinction in Clinical Criminology, and the Research Award of the International Corrections and Prison Association.

His research interests range from mental health problems and the psychology of violence to issues of organizational reform and planned change.

His books include Violent Men: An Inquiry Into the Psychology of Violence (1992), Living in Prison: The Ecology of Survival (1992), Mosaic of Despair: Human Breakdowns in Prison (1992), The Disturbed Violent Offender (with Kenneth Adams, 1994), Police Violence: Understanding and Controlling Police Abuse of Force (with William Geller, 1996), Corrections: A Humanistic Approach (1997), Crime and Punishment: Inside Views (with Robert Johnson, 2000), Acting Out: Maladaptive Behavior in Confinement (with Kenneth Adams, 2002), Stress in Policing (2002) and Police as Problem Solvers: How Frontline Workers Can Promote Organizational and Community Change (2005).

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