Police in America

Welcome to the SAGE edge site for Police in America, Second Edition.

The SAGE edge site for Police in America by Steven G. Brandl offers a robust online environment you can access anytime, anywhere, and features an impressive array of free tools and resources to keep you on the cutting edge of your learning experience.

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Grounded in evidence-based research, Police in America provides a comprehensive and realistic introduction to modern-day policing in the United States. The reader-friendly text helps students understand best practices in everyday policing and think critically about the many misconceptions of police work. Author Steven G. Brandl draws from his experience in law enforcement to emphasize the positive aspects of policing without ignoring its controversies. Brandl tackles important topics that center on one question: “What is good policing?” Included are discussions of discretion, police use of force, and tough ethical and moral dilemmas—giving students a deeper look into the complex issues of policing to help them think more broadly about its impact on society.


We gratefully acknowledge Steven G. Brandl for writing an excellent text. Special thanks are also due to Nadine Rodriguez of University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Susannah Tapp of Georgia State University for developing the ancillaries on this site.