The Politics of the Police is well-known to readers of this journal, as it is likely one of the handful of texts that could be deemed a ‘classic’ in police studies. Indeed, a quick citation search suggests that since its initial publication in 1985 it is probably the most cited academic book on the police. The 4th edition does not significantly revamp Reiner’s views about the nature of policing presented in the previous editions, but is more of a re-working of several themes and update in light of events that have transpired in the decade since the prior volume was published in 2000.

Notwithstanding some qualifications that I set out below, the revised book will be appealing to academics who want a solid undergraduate text that...

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